A crowd management company has been hired to provide traffic and crowd control at events on campus.
Moon Area school board approved an agreement with the national firm Landmark Event Staffing Services Monday night.
Currently, the district asks for employee volunteers to staff events, and many times not enough volunteers are available to adequately staff the larger events.
Alan Bennett, director of fiscal and school services, said by contracting with the event staff, the district will pay "a lower hourly rate than when we are paying employees overtime."
When the district decides to use Landmark for an event, the contract states a minimum of two event staff members be requested.
"It's not something that we want to do, it's something that we have to do," said superintendent Donna Milanovich.
Principal Barry Balaski indicated that teachers wearing "chartreuse pinnies" are not readily respected by visitors to the campus.
Approval of the contract is contingent upon final approval by the solicitor.
In other news:
• Cynthia Zurchin, assistant superintendent, will be leaving the district to become superintendent of the Ambridge Area School District. She will begin her new position on July 1.
• Starting with 2014-15, students will have to be age 5 by Sept. 1 to be accepted for kindergarten. Currently, the cut-off date is October 1. The change is being made because of the implementation of full-day kindergarten.
• Moon Area has partnered with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to expose students and the community to the orchestra. The district will offer an afternoon with the PSO at 2:30 p.m. April 28 in Heinz Hall. There will be a reception following the concert with PSO members.
In related news, James Rodgers, principal contrabassoonist with the PSO, spoke with and demonstrated the bassoon to middle school band students on Monday and Tuesday. Mr. Rodgers is a Moon resident and is active and supportive of Moon Area's music department.
• The district will host the Brigham Young University Symphony Band for a concert at 6:30 p.m. April 27 in the high school auditorium.
The concert is part of a tour visiting five states. Admission will be free.
Sonja Reis, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.