Panther Valley School Board sets salaries for new school yr.
The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday set salaries for its superintendent, business manager and solicitor.
Superintendent Rosemary Porembo will be paid $107,120 for the 2013-2014 year. The amount reflects a pay freeze. School Director Roy Angst cast the sole "no" vote.
Business Manager Kenneth Marx Jr. will be paid $75,480.46 for the 2013-2014 year. Again, the amount reflects a pay freeze, and again, Angst voted no.
The board also agreed to retain solicitor Robert T. Yurchak for the 2013-2014 school year at a retainer fee of $7,250 and an hourly rate of $90 for work done outside of meetings.
In other personnel matters, the board hired: Brent Reabold as a full-time, permanent high school physics teacher at $36,645; and Jennifer Kupetz as a full-time Special Education secretary at $9.75 an hour.
Cynthia Ann Levis of Lehighton was continued as a short-term substitute German teacher through Jan. 15, 2014, at $135 per day. Corrine Gates was hired as a day-to-day short term substitute middle school physical education teacher, effective Aug. 26 through Oct. 16 at her current contract rate of $37,485 (pro-rated). The daily rate is $201.53 a day.
The board also ratified the employment of Lori Beers as an instructional aide for the Pre-K summer program at $15.50 an hour, retroactive to July 9. It also ratified Tonya Drum as a teacher for the Pre-K summer program at $30 an hour; Drum was also ratified as an extended school year teacher, effective June 18 to Aug. 8, at $30 an hour.
The board hired Brenda Chasarik as a permanent part-time transportation clerk, effective July 1, at $10.90 an hour, and continued the employment of Carrie Selinko as elementary school health room associate at $32,500 for the upcoming school year.
It also continued the employment of Mary Ann Holovack as the non-public school reading teacher for $30 an hour for 15 hours per week, and appointed Amanda Kusko as a teacher of the gifted at a rate of $135 a day for two days a week, not to exceed 85 days a year.
The board also approved the 2013-2014 contract of JROTC Instructor Joseph Jordan.
In other actions, the board created the position of district-wide truant officer/high school and middle school disciplinarian. It then hired Elizabeth Wehr for the job at $29,141.25.