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A paraprofessional is rehired in Towamensing

Published January 04. 2012 05:01PM

A paraprofessional educator will be reinstituted at Towamensing Elementary.

The school board unanimously agreed at a special meeting on Tuesday to recall a paraprofessional educator at the building for the rest of the 2011-12 school year paid from IDEA funds.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the salary for the position will depend upon which of the paraprofessionals is recalled.

"We will work in accordance with our contract and recall the most senior person first," Boyce said. "Once a person has agreed to the recall, then they will be paid at their pre-furloughed pay rate."

Boyce said the district "fairly recently had several students who have been identified as needing extra special education services."

"Therefore, to provide for those students, it is necessary for us to recall one of those furloughed people," she said. "The recall will be made starting with the most senior one."

Boyce said four paraprofessional educators had been furloughed districtwide; one of which was at Towamensing.

That decision came after the board heard a recommendation from Bob Dailey, director of special education, at a workshop session held prior to the meeting.

In other business, the board:

- Adopted the 2012-13 proposed secondary budget for the Carbon Career & Technical Institute, calling for receipts and expenditures in the amount of $6,983,946 for the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

- Removed Joseph Plechavy from the active substitute teacher list due to inactivity.

- Approved Dawn Burke as winter program facilitator of the PLATO Course/Credit recovery program for students in grades 7-12. The program will run from Jan. 30, 2012, to about Feb. 16, 2012, Monday through Thursday, afterschool. The pay rate is $28 per hour in accordance with the current contract.

• Approved the unpaid leave of absence for Rose Mann, cafeteria worker, from Dec. 12, 2011, through Jan. 11, 2012.

• Approved Suzanne Lynn to continue as a long-term substitute for Lisa Koller for the second semester of the 2011-12 school year, to be paid at Bachelor's Step 1 of the collective bargaining agreement.

• Approved Anida Mota as a day-to-day substitute nurse/health room assistant, at the rate of $70 per day, effective Jan. 4, 2012.

• Approved, on a 6-3 vote, Sherrie Fenner to attend the 2012 Annual PAFPC conference from March 25-28, 2012, in Hershey, Pa. The maximum expenses total $1,271, to be paid from Title I funding. Directors Susan Debski, Josann Harry and Tammy Recker were opposed.

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