A Montgomery County woman has been tabbed as the new principal to oversee a pair of elementary schools in the Palmerton Area School District.

Palmerton Area School Board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to appoint Mary Brumbach as principal of the S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center buildings at a prorated salary of $78,000, effective on or before March 22, 2010.

Brumbach, who currently serves as assistant principal at Nottingham Elementary School in the Oxford Area School District, was introduced to the audience by Superintendent Carol Boyce.

A resident of Pottstown, Brumbach told those in attendance that she's excited for the opportunity.

"I look forward to working with all of you," Brumbach said. "I look to be working with you very soon."

Prior to her stint as assistant principal in the Oxford School District, Brumbach had been a sixth grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in the Boyertown Area School District.

"I think this will be a perfect fit," she said. "I'm looking forward to meeting the parents and children, and serving the community."

Brumbach's hiring figures to solidify the elementary principal position, which has been supervised by several different administrators in recent months.

In September, the board hired David Becker as interim principal to oversee both schools at a rate of $300 a day.

Becker took over after former principal Paul Rearden was hired as principal of the Peters Elementary School in the Northern Lehigh School District in August at a salary of $83,000.

After Rearden resigned, William Congdon, associate principal/athletic director, was asked to oversee both buildings.

Also on Tuesday, Boyce announced that the H1N1 flu shots will be offered later this week to students.

Clinics for the vaccination will be held Thursday at the Parkside Elementary and S.S. Palmer Education Center, and on Friday at the high school/junior high complex and Towamensing Elementary.

On Thursday, the clinic will start at Parkside, followed by S.S. Palmer. On Friday, it will start at the high school, followed by the junior high and then Towamensing.

Boyce said the vaccine was delivered to the district a little over a week ago. She said the district has ordered extra so that the shots could be offered to staff and faculty as well.

If sufficient, Boyce said the shots could be made available to the general public as well. She said the order of precedence will be the students, staff/faculty, and general public, if sufficient.

Parents with questions are urged to contact their child's nurse, according to the message posted on the district's web site at www.palmerton.org [1].

In an unrelated matter, Boyce recognized the board of directors as part of school board recognition month.

Boyce presented each board member with a certificate as a show of her appreciation. She then thanked each board member for their service.

In other business, the board

- Approved the gift of 30 PCs and 30 flat screen monitors from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

- Approved the extension agreement with the Borough of Palmerton on a month to month basis for the Seventh Street Athletic Field.