The Panther Valley school Board took a number of personnel and other actions Thursday.
The board accepted the retirements of longtime educators Barbara Teno and Lynn Sharpe. Teno and Sharpe, who will retire at the end of this school year, are elementary school teachers. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo praised the women, thanking them for their years of service and for the profound and life-long impact they have made in the lives of the children they taught.
The board also approved a list of substitute teachers for the 2010-2011 year at $85 a day: Tori Devlin, Nesquehoning, K-6; Matthew Sutjak, Slatington, Social Studies; Meagan Wentz, Palmerton, Elementary; and David Haninchick, Macungie, office technologies, data processing and marketing for grades 7-12.
The board approved Courtney McCarroll as a short-term substitute at the middle school effective March 28 through approximately May 6 at $135 a day.
The board also approved:
*Jennifer Malloy as a substitute cafeteria worker at $7.80 an hour;
*Krystle-Dawn Willing as a substitute instructional aide at $8.80 an hour;
*Krystle-Dawn Willing as a substitute secretary at $8.90 an hour.
The board also approved Raymond Geiger to appraise the Maple Shade Meadows property for $4,500 for a tax assessment appeal. The cost will be shared with Carbon County.
School directors approved a payment of $21,762.60 to Schneider Electric and accepted three modulars from Carbon Career and Technical Institute at a set up cost not to exceed $95,000. Two will be set up at the elementary school and one at the high school.
Spring coaches were also hired. Track and field: Michele Markovich, $1,500; Jason Harrison, $1,400; Marie Griffiths, volunteer, and Fenton Black, volunteer. Baseball: Rick Evanko, volunteer.
two students, one a sixth grader and the other fifth-grader, were expelled for violating the district's weapons policy. The board also denied two Teamsters union grievances, but did not provide information as to what they were about.