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Reorganization at secondary level discussed in Palmerton

Published February 06. 2013 05:03PM

A reorganization of responsibilities at the secondary level may take shape next year in the Palmerton Area School District.

Superintendent Carol Boyce discussed the potential reorganization at a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday.

Boyce noted that last year, administration gave a proposition on reorganizing at the secondary level.

"It's still a new process; it still has kinks in it that we're still working on," Boyce said. "There have been growing pains."

Boyce added that over the course of the first semester, in conjunction with various meetings with administrators, the district feels it is not serving the ninth grade as well as it should.

She said seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students were under junior high school Principal Paula Husar, while 10th, 11th, and 12th graders were under high school Principal Kathy Egan.

One of the changes Boyce said it was determined needs to be made next year is to return the ninth grade responsibilities to the senior high school principal.

Director Barry Scherer then asked "why and how we're not serving the ninth grade."

Husar stated "it's not that we're not; it's very hard to establish a culture", with two different principals "and trying to mesh it into one."

Egan added "we just felt that the freshmen are somewhere in the middle," Egan said. "We felt we could do a better job with them."

Director Susan Debski then asked when the new concept came about, to which Boyce said it "has been under review and observation since the first semester."

Husar offered "we felt that though we're working really hard, we felt we were doing them a disservice. Logistically, it sometimes is a hardship."

"I see how well it's going for the seventh and eighth graders, and I feel bad I can't do the same for the ninth graders because I'm not in that building," Husar said. "I have a much better relationship with the seventh and eighth graders, and the parents, than the ninth graders."

Prior to the workshop, the school board held a special meeting that lasted only several minutes.

The board, on an 8-0 vote, with Director Clarence Myers absent:

• Approved the negotiated settlement and resignation of Kathy Jo Bollinger, with no expenditure of district funds, in the matter 12-cv-1094, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

• Approved the Tax Collector Compensation Resolution.

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