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									                                               Milton Area Senior High School
                                          Business Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
                                                   Wednesday, March 16, 2005

2004 Advisory Committee Members:
Mr. E. Terry Baldwin, Esq., Baldwin & Baldwin*                  Mrs. Peggy Fullmer, Milton Savings Bank
Mr. James T. Baldwin, Esq., Baldwin & Baldwin*                  Ms. Lisa Grant, Milton Savings Bank
Mrs. Debra Bleistein, Business Instructor*                      Mr. Mark Lazarus, Robert M. Brubaker, Public Accountant*
Mrs. Linda Brown, Baldwin & Baldwin                             Mr. Neal Lewis, Lewis, Danzig & Company
Mr. James Chamberlain, Weis Warehouse                           Mrs. Amy Moyer, Standard/Journal Newspapers
Mr. Rick Coup, The Coup Agency                                  Ms. Trisha Shearer, West Milton State Bank*
Mrs. Barbara Diehl, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate        Mrs. Donna Spear, Business Instructor*
Ms. Jamie Emery, Business Instructor*                           Ms. Virginia Wirth, North. County Schools Credit Union
Mrs. Brenda Fogelman, Leer East
                                                *Attended the March 16 meeting

Donna Spear began the meeting by introducing members in attendance and stating the class enrollment for each course offered
by the Business Department. The enrollment in the business courses at Milton High School has been steady. Mrs. Spear
explained the new procedures for scheduling this year which includes a new schedule card and students meeting for 15 minutes
with their Guidance Counselor. In order to assist with scheduling, Jamie Emery created a PowerPoint presentation to inform
students, parents, guidance counselors, etc., about the Business and Computer Technology Department. A growth in enrollment
is expected with a change in the number of credits required.

Jamie Emery explained the changes in curriculum for the Business Department. Computer Applications will be offered as
Computer Applications I & II next year. Each level will be a semester in length. Students successfully completing Computer
Applications I & II in the current year will be able to earn college credit for Pennsylvania College of Technology. Milton High
School will also be offering other courses through this articulation agreement. The Web Design course may possibly be offered
as a business course. Ms. Emery also explained that, at this point, both computer labs are the first priority for equipment
upgrades for next year.

Students in Ms. Emery’s Word Processing I course recently entered data from a dissertation for the Alumni Association and
Historical Society. The dissertation was about the history of the Milton Area School District dating back to the 1800’s and will
be published as a novel. In addition, two students prepared a PowerPoint presentation about the upcoming Walking Tour and
celebration of the 125th anniversary of the first graduate of Milton High School and The Great Milton Fire in 1880. This
presentation will be presented on Wednesday, March 23, at Borough Hall with State Senator John Gordner and Rep. Merle
Phillips in attendance, as well as The Mayor and Borough Council.

Two senior students from the Business Department are currently participating in the Cooperative Education Program. Amber
Rainis is working at State Farm Insurance and Yelena Babakova is working at C. H. Reed, Inc.

Members of the business advisory committee had questions about the integration of technology in the K-12 curriculum. They
felt students should be exposed at an early age and there should be a requirement at some point for all students to complete at
least an introductory computer course. Some of the members have children who attend Milton School District and they were
discouraged that a student could potentially graduate from Milton without completing one required computer class. It was a
general consensus of the committee members that Keyboarding should be offered at a younger age, which would allow the
business department to offer more specialized courses.

The written portion of the NOCTI exam will take place Tuesday, April 5. Peggy Fullmer and Mark Lazarus will be proctoring
the performance portion of the NOCTI exam, which will take place on Monday, April 18.

The Community Exploration program will be held in May. Students will be placed at local businesses for ten school days.

Amy Ward, a senior business student, attended the meeting as a student representative. Amy will be attending Bloomsburg
University majoring in Business Education. The Business Department has two business education student teachers this
semester. The student teachers, Bethanie Haas and Jessica Snyder, were in attendance at the meeting.

Debra Bleistein reported three students advanced to states for the FBLA competition, which takes place April 13, 14, and 15.
The students advanced in the categories of Business Law, Business Procedures, and Accounting I. At Christmas time, the club
organized a breakfast with Santa. All students enrolled in kindergarten in the district were invited to attend at a cost of $3 per
person. All students from FBLA attended and they sang songs and read stories. The FBLA members also conducted a basket
raffle and donated the proceeds of $240 to the Special Olympics. Mrs. Bleistein also reported that Bob Izer from the Chamber
of Commerce will be speaking to students and arranging for job shadow experiences.

Respectfully submitted,


Ms. Jamie L. Emery

								
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