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BEAR CREEK TWP. – Thirty-one architects are interested in designing the new Bear Creek Community Charter School, the school's board of trustees was told at its meeting Thursday.

The architects have all submitted packets to the school seeking the design job, according to school CEO Jim Smith. Smith said the board will review the packets and decide which candidates will move on to the second round, which is making a formal presentation to the board.

Smith also said the traffic study necessary for the highway occupancy permit for the new school, which will be located on Route 115 just past Forest Park, has been submitted to the state Department of Transportation.

In other business, the board discussed adding individual goals to the bonus approval criteria used for teachers. Teacher merit raises are currently reviewed based on student growth, PSSA scores, parent satisfaction and teacher attendance. The new criteria would include two individual goals for each teacher, agreed to by the teacher and the principal.

The board also:

• Accepted the resignation of Nicole Munz as health and physical education teacher/athletic director.

• Approved the temporary hiring of Paulette Ashton to provide interim receptionist/clerical services for up to 20 hours per week for eight weeks at $9.37 per hour.

• Received updates on the school's music program and parent volunteer program.

• Learned the school has been asked to host the 2013 Stringfest held by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 19.

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