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MOUNT UNION AREA BOARD OF EDUCATION
September 27, 2021 REGULAR MEETING


The Mount Union Area Board of Education will hold its regular September meeting on Monday, September 27, 2021. The meeting will be held in a combination in-person and virtual platform.

The in-person meeting will be held in the Library of the Junior/Senior High School. At this time, the meeting is open to the public. Any change to the meeting will be posted to the District’s website.

The agenda for the regular board meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021, will be available for review 24 hours before the meeting on Board Docs. Board Docs can be accessed via the following link. Board Meeting Public Site.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The link for the virtual platform will be posted below prior to the start of the meeting.

Meeting Link


School Board Vacancy

The Mount Union Area Board of Directors is seeking interested individuals to fill a board member vacancy effective immediately for Region 2 which serves Mount Union Borough of the Mount Union Area School District. The appointment would be to fill an unexpired term until November 2023.

The Board is requesting interested residents of Mount Union Borough to forward a letter of interest to include a statement why they would like to serve on the Board of Education and a resume to the attention of the School Board Secretary, Deanna Lee Wagner, at dwagner@muasd.org or at Mount Union Area School District, Administrative Center, 603 North Industrial Drive, Mount Union, PA  17066 by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Eligibility for appointment to this vacancy is:
1. A citizen of the Commonwealth of PA;
2. Age eighteen (18) years or over;
3. A resident of Region 2 of the MUASD for at least one (1) year prior to the appointment.


District Open House Cancelled

Due to the increasing number of exposures and student/staff quarantines due to COVID, the district has decided to postpone Open House.  Open House was scheduled, as indicated on the school calendar, for next week on 09/21/21 for the Junior and Senior High School buildings, 09/22/21 for Kistler Elementary School, and 09/23/21 for Shirley Township Elementary School. 

We are hoping to re-schedule at a later date when we feel the number of exposures and quarantines in our district have decreased. We would also like to remind parents to return your child's technology signature pages to their respective buildings as soon as possible, to ensure your child has a device to take home if quarantined.


Masks for Indoor Athletic Events

All fans attending indoor athletic events must wear masks.


PA Department of Education Mask Mandate

Governor Wolf along with the Department of Health (DOH) announced earlier this week that a face covering mandate for all school entities goes into effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

We understand everyone has their own perception on masking, however the District is required to follow the Department of Health mandates. Please reference the Pennsylvania Department of Education website for further information regarding the masking order.

We remind parents there are exemptions to the masking mandate. We apologize for the impact of this mandate on our school district families, it was our intent to allow each individual to make their own choice. Please send a mask to school with your child on Tuesday. Thank you!

Mask Exemption Form


Parents of MUASD students

We are excited to welcome your student to the 2021-2022 school year. We will be operating school as normal as possible while taking precautions to protect our children. 

As we begin the school year, we wanted to take time to share a few reminders:

Face Coverings are REQUIRED on school grounds or in school buildings. (Shaming or bullying for one’s mask choice will not be tolerated.)
Face Coverings are REQUIRED on ALL school transportation as part of a federal mandate on masking on public transportation.  We appreciate your and your child’s cooperation with this matter. 

Students will need to bring a water bottle to school daily as all water fountains have been replaced by water filling stations. 
Visitors will not be permitted in our buildings. All meetings will be held virtually. 
All sick individuals should stay home. Please alert the school if your student tests positive or is a close contact of a positive case of Covid-19. 

All parents are being asked to conduct a symptom assessment of your child(ren) each morning before school. Please use the following screening tool to determine if your child should attend school or not. Please keep your child at home if in doubt. 

Thank you for partnering with us to protect our students and staff.

MUASD Screening Tool for Students and Staff


Notice to Parents/Guardians of the Mount Union Area School District regarding the start of the 2021-2022 School Year:
 
First Day of School for MUASD students is Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
 
Please note student report times have changed:
 
Elementary students attending Kistler and Shirley Township Elementary Schools may enter the buildings beginning at 7:30 AM and are considered late to school after 7:45 AM. Walkers and car riders will be dismissed at 2:30 PM. Bus students will be dismissed at 2:35 PM.  
 
Junior High and Senior High School students may enter the buildings beginning at 7:45 AM and will be considered late to school after 7:55 AM. Junior and Senior High School Bus students will be dismissed at 2:56 PM and walkers, car riders, and drivers will be dismissed at 3:05 PM.


Administrative Position
Director of Business Affairs 


Full-time, 12-month position available after September 3, 2021. Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, finance, accounting or related field.  Business Manager experience, MBA and/or CPA preferred. Knowledge and experience in budget development, financial accounting, payroll, fund accounting, investments, purchasing, insurance and risk management, cash management, debt service and office management. Knowledge or experience with CSIU accounting and payroll software preferred. Position is for 240 days.
     
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, certificate, transcripts, three letters of reference and necessary clearances to email:

Dr. Amy J. Smith, Superintendent at applications@muasd.org 

or mailed to:

Mount Union Area School District
603 North Industrial Drive
Mount Union, PA  17066.

Deadline for applications is 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021 or until filled.

Telephone:  (814) 542-8631 Fax # (814) 542-8633  EOE


Administrative Position
Assistant Junior/Senior High School Principal 


The Mount Union Area School District is seeking candidates with strong leadership and interpersonal skills.  Knowledge of budgeting, handling discipline, assessment, and data driven instruction is required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in instructional leadership, community relations, staff supervision, overall management of building operations and collaboration with administrative colleagues. PA Principal K-12 certification required. Position is for 195 days and will be part of the District’s Act 93 Bargaining Unit. Position available immediately.     

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, certificate, transcripts, three letters of reference and necessary clearances to email:

Dr. Amy J. Smith, Superintendent at applications@muasd.org

or mailed to:

Mount Union Area School District
603 North Industrial Drive
Mount Union, PA  17066  

Deadline for applications is 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021 or until filled.

Telephone:  (814) 542-8631  Fax # (814) 542-8633  EOE


Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide free Internet to low-income families during the COVID emergency, will begin accepting enrollments on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/. The program is open to all low-income families (not just those with school-age children) as well as any family that has a student attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. 

Program Summary:  
EBB subsidies will be up to $50/month for Internet access, and up to $100 toward the purchase of a connected device (computer or tablet) from an EBB provider. Only one Internet subsidy is eligible per household. Only one connected device subsidy is eligible per household, and the household must contribute between $10-$50 towards the purchase price.

Participating Providers in PA:
A total of 48 Pennsylvania providers have signed up to participate!  A full list is available at:  https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers#Pennsylvania (note: “Fixed” means home Internet service and “Mobile” means wireless internet services).  Soon there will also be a Companies Near Me tool that will assist consumers with finding which companies are offering service in their zip code area.

Longevity of EBB:  
This is a Temporary Program. Before families apply, it is important to understand that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Participating households will need to opt-in to continue receiving broadband services from their provider after the program ends. If a household chooses to continue receiving service after the end of the EBB, they will be billed the broadband provider’s general monthly rate.


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About Us

The Mount Union Area School District continues to host a Pre K program in partnership with Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation.  This initiative continues to be supported through Pre K Counts, PA Pre K Counts, and Head Start Supplemental, in addition to Title 1 funding for the 2019-2020 school year.

The planned course of instruction and assessment programs are matched to the state requirements under Chapter 4 for all our programs.  The state and district benchmarks and/or local assessments have been developed or adopted to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  Monitoring of the program and data analysis of the results will be completed at each grade level according to descriptions outlined in our assessment action plan.c

There are a multitude of instructional resources available to teachers and students throughout the district.  Some of these curricular resources include McGraw and Hill’s Open Court Reading series, new for the 2019-2020 school year in grades K-5.  StudySync will be introduced in ELA classrooms within our newly configured 6-8 Junior High School.  Additionally, the district will be piloting Pearson’s Elevate Science program in grades K-6.  The district will continue to utilize Pearson’s enVision Math series for the fourth consecutive year in grades K-8.

The district has begun the process of mapping all of its curriculum through the utilization of CHALK.  This platform allows for collaboration across grade levels, content areas, and from building to building.  Additionally, with greater transparency and cohesion within specific courses, the district hopes to create a more consistent educational experience for all its students.

The district participates with after school tutoring through the 21st Century Grant.  An advisor/advisee program is also in place to assist students with meeting graduation requirements.  All students, both special and regular education have equal access appropriate curricular programming that meets their individual needs.  The district has utilized data from DIBELS, PSSA, Keystone and CDT testing, and content specific benchmark testing to appropriately identify and meet student needs.  Teachers are able to monitor progress in various areas and chart progress, mastery, and areas targeted for further interventions.  By tailoring learning to individual needs, students are able to realize success and growth.  We are “Proactive for Students!”