The Clarion-Limestone School Board recently approved a five-year labor contract with the C-L Support Professionals Association.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2018, and runs through June 30, 2023.

The support professionals had been working without a contract since the end of the 2017-18 school year.

District support professionals include custodians, paraprofessionals (classroom aides), secretaries, clerk typists, and the high school health aide.

In another wage-related issue, the board agreed to increase the hourly substitute rates for the 2019-2020 school year.

The rate for substitute custodian one was raised from $8.14 to $11.25. Custodian two's rate was raised from $8.62 to $11.45.

The substitute secretary's rate was raised from $8.50 to $11.35. The clerk rate increased to $11.35 from $8.50. The paraprofessional rate was also raised, from $8 to $11.

Under recent personnel matters:

lThe board gave notification to district business manager Stephanie Smith of the intent to renew her contract which will expire June 30, 2020.

lAndrew Rawson was approved as evening custodian supervisor with a start date of Dec. 4.

lThe board approved the amendment of the 2019-2020 supplemental position descriptions and pro-rated salaries for athletic director Stacey Wiles and assistant athletic director Brad Frazier.

lThe board approved 2019-2020 school year supplemental contracts for Megan Lupole (senior high assistant cheerleading coach), Doug Knepp (assistant varsity girls track coach), Bill Smith (assistant baseball coach), Jenn Hubler (drama pit conductor) and Tina Bennett (drama music and choreography).

lThe board approved supplemental contracts for the 2019-2020 school play. Emily Coulson (lighting technician) and Phil Pezzuti (set construction).

lSAT prep course instructor supplemental contracts for Holly Pence and Jen Simpson were approved.

lBethany Caldwell, Rachel Devers and Shona Walker were approved as school/athletics volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year.

lMissy Kerle, Stacey Wiles, Cassandra Munsee, Ann Jamison, Linda Schirmer, Sydney Shick, Mel Aaron, Amy Glasl, Lauren Jamison, Stephanie Smith, Melissa Kemmer-Daugherty, Kim Kroh and Barb Romig were approved for Business Computer Information Technology certification.

In other business, the board approved:

lAn addendum to the Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center agreement for Nov. 4, 2019 through June 10, 2020.

lA memorandum of understanding between Community Action Inc. Senior Corps-RSVP and C-L Elementary School to provide volunteer services in the elementary school.

lThe Academic Decathlon team request to attend (if qualified) the National Championship in Anchorage, Alaska, from April 30 to May 2, 2020 and to cover up to $5,000 in expenses after fundraising and donations.

lA high school choir trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. from Dec. 2 to 7, 2020 (at no cost to the school district).

lChanging the dates of the senior class trip to Washington D.C. to April 17 to 20, 2020.

lDeemed the track's pole vault pits of no further use to the district.

lThe construction of a courtyard at the elementary school. The project will look to transform an unused courtyard at the elementary school into a learning environment focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Elementary principal Kristie Taylor announced plans for the project during the board's Oct. 16 meeting.