For about 50 years, there's been an employee of the Tamaqua School District named Raymond Kinder. During a meeting Tuesday the district's school board voted to continue that tradition, extending Assistant Superintendent Raymond J. Kinder's existing contract for five more years, effective Feb. 18.
Kinder's career began in Tamaqua when he was hired as a health/physical education teacher in 1994. He became assistant principal of the high school in 1999, high school principal in 2001, and has been assistant superintendent since 2008.
His father, Raymond Kinder, who passed away in May 2008, was hired with the district as a math teacher in 1963. His 37 years with the district included working as assistant superintendent from 1978 to 1994, and superintendent from 1994-2000, when he retired.
The board also approved several coaches for the 2013-14 school year:
Michael Luna, Head Golf Coach
Jennel Yelito, Head Girls' Tennis Coach
Stacy Setlock, Head Volleyball Coach
Lori Mazloom, Assistant Volleyball Coach
Courtney McCarroll, Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Coach
Casmir Kosciolek, Head Boys Basketball Coach
In addition, Kristen Kistler and Robert Clements were approved as volunteer Girls' Soccer coaches. Stipends for the coaching positions are to be established.
The following people were approved to work as substitute teachers: Matthew Fees, Tuscarora; Danielle Mertz, Summit Hill; Ashley Titus, Tamaqua; and Trevor Miller, Lehighton. The board also approved two regular part-time teachers, Jessica Mazaika, McAdoo, and Erin Schmitt, Beaver Meadows.
The board appointed Coordinated Health, headquartered in Bethlehem, as the district's athletic trainer for a three-year term beginning July 2013 through June 2016 at a fee schedule of $25,000 per year. The contract includes sports physicals, school physicals and football games coverage at set fees: $8 per athlete for sports physicals, $20 per athlete for make-up physicals, $8 per student for physicals and $100 per game for physician coverage.