CLARION TWP. - Rising athletic costs led to the Clarion-Limestone School District raising ticket prices for varsity athletic events as approved by the district's board of directors at the district's workshop/regular voting meeting April 21.

However, Clarion-Limestone board member David Eggleton originally wanted an entry fee for athletic events to be applied to the junior varsity and junior high events as well.

Eggleton pointed to Clarion-Limestone raising the increase in pay for officials the board approved at an earlier meeting as the reason for the added costs. Eggleton said only adults would be charged entry to the junior high and junior varsity contests.

Newly-appointed board member Larry Jamison opposed charging adults for entry into the junior high and junior varsity events.

"I'm not in favor of charging admission to the junior varsity and varsity games because the majority of people who attend those events are parents and family members so we are essentially putting it on their backs," Jamison said. "I've had to do it at other places and I never like to pay to see my own children play a junior high event."

C-L High School Principal Mel Aaron also pointed out that if they were charging admission to the junior high and junior varsity events, the district would have to pay to have ticket takers for each event.

The board voted to amend the measure to have the adult ticket price be increased by a dollar for varsity events while keeping the junior high and junior varsity events free for all attendees. Tickets for varsity events are $5 for adults, $2 for children and $2 for senior citizens.

Later in the meeting, the board voted to table a measure concerning Clarion-Limestone not renewing its contract with the Pennsylvania School Board Association. The cost to the district to be a PSBA member is $5,587 per year.

The administration believes the annual fee the district paid to the PSBA was unnecessary since the district did not use many of the services the PSBA provides.

Eggleton questioned if the district eliminated the contract with PSBA if the PSBA would still provide training for newly elected. C-L Superintendent Amy Glasl didn't think the PSBA wouldn't offer the training course but she said if it didn't, the board members could find training elsewhere for free.

In other business, the board:

- Approved purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and equipment and air scrubbers in the amount of $22,156. The funds for the purchase came from the 2020-21 School Health and Safety grant.

- Approved contracted service agreement with Dr. Brandon Doverspike D.O. and Crystal Meier CRNP to provide school physician/CRNP services at a rate of $10 per physical pending receipt of all required legal documentation.

- Approved renewal of the athletic training agreement with Clarion Rehabilitation Services, Inc. to provide a full-time trainer beginning August 1, 2021 and continuing until June 15, 2022 at a total district cost of $38,073.

- Approved renewal of the contract with Vision Benefits of America (VBA) for a two-year term effective August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2023 at the following monthly rates:

Instructional: single rate $8.38, family rate $14.20

Support: single rate $9.15, family rate $17.60.

- Approved renewal school food service management agreement with Nutrition, Inc. beginning effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

- Approved Brenda Dede as a guest teacher day-to-day substitute for the 2020-21 school year, pending receipt of all required legal documentation.

- Approved to hold summer school for a total amount of $36,000.

- Approved to authorize district administration to solicit requests for qualifications for a guaranteed energy Savings project under Pennsylvania Act 39 of 2010 amended as Act 163 of 2016.

- Approved to issue 2021-22 sports passes to all student athletes who successfully completed as least one varsity sport during the 2020-21 school year.

- Approved a participation fee of $50 and a physical fee of $10. The participation fee covers multiple sports.

- Approved to amend the 2020-21 school calendar changing March 26 to an Act 80 day and May 21 to a full day of school.

- Approved to accept the resignation of Kristie Taylor as Elementary School Principal effective June 30, 2021.

- Approved to accept the resignation of Tina Bennett as the high school Music teacher for retirement purposes effective June 30, 2021.

- Approved to authorize the district administration to advertise for an additional four positions for temporary PHEAA state-work study summer workers.

- Approved to advertise the cancellation of the May 5 and May 12, 2021, regularly scheduled board voting meetings and change it to May 19, 2021.

- Approved to advertise the cancellation of the June 16, 2021, regularly scheduled board voting meeting and change it to June 23, 2021.