Keystone schools honor board members for century of service

The Keystone Area School District this week honored five of its school board members for a combined total of 100 years of service to the district.

Superintendent Michael Hall on Monday night presented plaques to Dustin Swartfager, 12 years of service on the board; Dwayne Van Tassel, 12 years; Ken Swartfager, 24 years; James Beary, 24 years; and Greg Barrett, 28 years.

Hall thanked them for their service and noted they all are “trying to do what is best” for the district.

“I would like to say these board members should get double or even triple the amount they are getting,” he said of the unpaid school directors position.

However, Hall had some good news for the board.

“You remember last year we were looking at declining enrollment and what we would have to do,” he said. “Our incoming kindergarten class was less than our senior class.

“This year we had a boost in enrollment of 39 elementary students. That’s a great problem to have. I am glad to hear that people are excited about the Keystone School District.”

Other business

– The board unanimously approved recommendations from the Athletic Committee to hire Clint Yarger as the girls varsity soccer coach, appointing Lee Weber as the varsity football volunteer coach, hiring Colby Himes as the varsity football assistant coach, appointing Tori Swartfager as a varsity girls volunteer basketball coach, appointing Bailey Donaldson as a volunteer cheerleading coach and adjusting the girls track assistant coach salary to be paid solely to Franki Sheatz. Hall previously said that salary had been split between two assistants.

With the new hires, the new configuration for the varsity football assistant football coach positions will be: Austin Ion, first assistant; Himes, second assistant; and John Beal, third assistant.

  • The board approved 17 field trips, including eight for the life skills class.
  • The board met after the business meeting in an executive session to discuss personnel and security issues. No action was taken.