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Six furloughed PV teachers identified

Published April 26. 2013 05:04PM

The Panther Valley school board put faces to the furloughs of six educators on Thursday, naming those teachers who have lost their jobs due to curtailment or alteration of various programs.

The board voted, with school director Roy "Mickey" Angst absent, and after accepting the resignation of school director David Hiles, to approve the furloughs.

In order of the most senior to the least, the teachers are: fourth-grade teachers Corrine Gates and Erin Bonner; third-grade special education teacher Michael Brennan; eighth-grade reading teacher Edward Kocha; third-grade teacher Heather Wagner; and middle school special education teacher Ashley Kovalovsky.

The furloughs will begin the day before the start of the 2013-2014 school term. The teachers will be awarded all lay-off and recall rights under the Pennsylvania School Code and the Panther Valley Education Association contract.

In a related move, the board approved transferring 13 teachers, also as part of the revamped programs: elementary school technology teacher Lori Hahn will be transferred to third grade; elementary school librarian Tonya Drum to third grade; elementary school Title I remedial teacher Joe Sweeney to fourth grade; middle school librarian Kirsten Tout to fourth grade; high school English teacher Kerry Uher to middle school reading; high school librarian Elizabeth Walsh to high school English; third-grade teacher Amber Forster to high school Special Education Life Skills; kindergarten/ first grade Life Skills teacher Ann Marie Dixon to kindergarten Life Skills; fifth-grade Life Skills teacher Marta McGeehan to third grade Life Skills; first-grade teacher Allison O'Connor to seventh-grade Life Skills; seventh-grade Life Skills teacher Meredith Alabovitz to sixth-grade Life Skills; and second-grade Life Skills teacher Carolyn Maury to first/second grade Life Skills.

In other employee actions, the board agreed to seek a special education supervisor, and accepted the resignation of assistant football coach Paul McArdle.

The board also agreed, with school director Irene Genther opposing, to not renew the Temporary Professional Educator's contract of Tiffany Titus, high school special education teacher, and to terminate her employment effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

The board did not release details as to why it would not renew Titus' contract. Genther said she voted against the action because she did not have those details.

Earlier in the meeting, the board voted 6-1 to "table indefinitely" a request by Genther that the board not hold any committee meetings closer than two days before a regular public meeting in order to give all board members time to read the committee meeting minutes.

Genther's request was prompted by having to go into the district office to listen to a recording of a committee meeting that she had not attended. Opposing board members advised Genther to call fellow committee members to get information on meetings she misses.

Also on Thursday, the board hired Kevin Dillon as elementary disciplinarian for the coming school year at a stipend of $1,750, and Amanda Peters as elementary data coordinator at a stipend of $625.

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