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Moon School Board Amends Agreement on Custodial Jobs

The board also adopts a policy for district advertising.

The Moon Area School Board moved Monday amend the district's service agreement with the firm Global Management Solutions. 

In August, the district filled two vacated custodial positions with non-union workers hired through the Ellwood City firm, which specializes in providing maintenance, cleaning and facility management workers on a contract basis. 

Members of the district's support staff union expressed concern that administrators would continue to fill positions vacated from attrition with contracted employees.  

Board President Sandra McCurdy said with the contract amendment, the district will now decide on a case-by-case basis whether positions are filled by union or Global Management hires. 

"We'll make decisions based on what makes good business sense," McCurdy said. 

Butch Santicola, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Education Association in January said the union was "looking forward to the outcome of (Monday's) meeting." 

Union members had threatened to file a labor relations complaint against the district if the hiring of non-union members continued. 

Other items of interest from the meeting: 

  • The board approved the high school's revised program of studies. Click here for a rundown of the new curriculum offerings. 
  • The board introduced a policy regarding the naming of district facilities and placing commercial advertising on buildings and the district website. "By offering various fees for to name a facility or advertise, it's something that can bring additional revenue into the district," said board member Gia Tatone. 
  • The board accepted a $4,200 donation from the Target Foundation to be used toward elementary and middle school field trips. 

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the school board approved a final reading of a new district advertising policy. The board has not yet adopted that policy; the item was on the agenda for a first reading. 

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