Posted on Sep 15, 2015

ICTC Director, Eric Palmer, and Educational Liaison, Rod Green, gave an ICTCSTEM/Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center (CACLC) presentation at last night’s Purchase Line School Board meeting.  Palmer needs local investment before bigger corporations will invest.

Palmer describes the investment as a, “true once in a lifetime opportunity for students.”

The CACLC is a newly organized PA non profit organization and will be located inWhiteTownship. 

Palmer and Green are asking Purchase Line for a capital contribution of $146,800.  So far, Purchase Line and Indiana have been their only presentations.  They need to acquire $2 million combined from the seven districts (Blairsville-Saltsburg, Homer Center, Indiana,MarionCenter, Penns Manor, Purchase Line, United).

For the first year of the STEM program, Palmer is looking to enroll 40 students, at least 4 from Purchase Line in grades 11th and 12th, at a cost of $8,500 per student.  Palmer is also asking PL for a commitment of 6 missions for the CACLC, 25-30 students and $750 per mission.

Purchase Line has sometime before they make a decision on whether or not to invest.

After much discussion, the board decided to table the establishment of a Pre-K classroom with a potential start date of January, 2016 until their October meeting.  Superintendent, Joseph Bradley, wants a furniture evaluation, enrollment count, curriculum embedment, and the opportunity to see if previously interviewed teachers are still available before the board takes a vote.

The board also discussed the possibility of creating a capital reserve fund.  This is an investment, typically funded monthly, to build funds necessary to pay for the replacement of common element capital items and would eliminate payments from the general budget.  Business Manager, Abbey Romagna, strongly suggested waiting to build a capital reserve fund until they have received state funding.  The board will also look at this at their October meeting after looking at their finances.

The board also approved the resignation of 5-Hour Custodian, Michele Pearce.

The next regular monthly meeting is Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m.


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