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Panther Valley school directors study outsourcing

Published August 25. 2012 09:01AM

Panther Valley School District is looking into outsourcing its custodians and secretaries.

The school board on Thursday unanimously agreed to direct Business Manager Kenneth Marx to explore the outsourcing.

If the board decides to do that, the 20 custodians and six secretaries would still work for the district, but would be employed by an outside company.

The school district's cafeteria staff was outsourced years ago. It is now managed by The Nutrition Group.

In other personnel moves, the board:

• Accepted, with regrets, the retirement of high school foreign language teacher Joe Mogilski, effective Jan. 30, 2013. Mogilski has taught at Panther Valley for 30 years;

• Accepted the resignation of Susan Holland, who was hired last month as a high school Special Education teacher;

• Hired Tiffany Titus in Holland's place, at $34,685 per year;

• Approved substitute teachers and veteran guest teachers for the coming year at $85 per day. New substitutes are Shana O'Gurek, New Ringgold, for elementary/early childhood; Kristina Naylon, Sugarloaf, for seventh through twelfth grade math; and Melissa Gilbert, Summit Hill, for elementary.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved contracts with Educare Educational Services and Behavioral Health Associates;

• Hired Pat Leonzi, Lisa Smith and Ron Yurchak as part-time custodians at $12.60 per hour;

• Hired Theresa Faenza as a part-time general worker at the high school at $13.35 an hour.

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