On Oct. 10, the Laurel school board:

*Heard a presentation by Susan Miller on the benefits of full-day kindergarten. Laurel currently offers half-day kindergarten, and the board plans to vote on the issue in November.

*Hired Connie LeRoy as a language support classroom instructional aide for 7 1/2 hours a day at a salary of $7.25 per hour.

*Hired Luke Rust as high school detention supervisor at a salary of $650.

*Approved the addition of the following to the substitute lists: Laura M. Smith, Brian Lasko, Tammy L. Hendell, Jami Nimmo, Glenda Radicella, Amanda D. Seibel, Amanda B. Stewart, Tiffany Cummins, Joseph A. Flora, Kimberly Mumford, Sarah Pritchard, John M. Sallmen III and Anita C. Smith.

*Authorized David Spalding to attend the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania conference Oct. 17, 18 and 19, at a cost of $587.64.

*Granted permission for Jessica Polivka to attend Bustops Training Course Oct. 17, 18 and 19, at a cost of $1,045.

*Agreed to send Michele Ault and Jennifer Hileman to the Keystone State Reading Association conference from Oct. 22 to 25; Denise Moccia and Anne Harris to Current Best Strategies to Help Speech-Language Pathologists Better Meet Student Needs Workshop on Oct. 27; David Spalding to DSM-IV conference on Nov. 3; and Lori Dado to PCNP conference Nov. 3 and 4. Federal Fund and ACCESS money will cover the cost.

*Granted permission for Dianne Callahan and Jessica Polivka to attend the A/CAPA Fall Meeting on Nov. 17 at a total cost of $42.

*Authorized 10 faculty and staff members to attend the "Mean Girls" Seminar on Relational Aggression on Dec. 4. Costs will be covered by money from Safe --amp; Drug-Free Schools.

*Approved plans for Joe Goodge, Maggie Mase and 40 vocation-agricultural students to travel to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh on Dec. 12 at a cost of $60 for transportation.

*Granted permission for Joe Goodge, Maggie Mase and 10 FFA students to attend the Pennsylvania State Farm Show from Jan. 6 to 9 at a total cost of $515.

*Agreed to send Kristen Polomoscanik and 89 members of the choir on an educational trip to New York City from March 29 to April 1. The board will provide $30 per student to assist the group, as it has in the past.

*Approved an adult walking program at the elementary school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Dec. 4 to March 29.

*Approved an adult basketball program at the high school from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays from Dec. 6 to March 28.

*Agreed to sell eight pan carriers no longer used by the cafeteria.

*Agreed to refund $81.34 to Robert J. and Mary Ann Reiter of 321 Fairground Road, for a 2006 tax exoneration of $8,100.

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