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Board reorganizes; all officers re-elected

Published June 04. 2013 05:02PM

All officers of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board were re-elected at the reorganization meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Campus, Norwegian Township.

Robin A. Hetherington, who represents North Schuylkill School District, was re-elected president; Fred Cicero,Saint Clair Area, vice president; Robert W. Betz, Tamaqua Area, secretary; and Scott Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven Area, treasurer.

Betz was not sure how many years he has served as the board's secretary but believes it is more than 30 years. The board set the salaries of secretary and tresurer at $1,800 each.

The board renewed the bonds for the board secretary and treasurer with Donald E. Davis Agency Inc., Pottsvile, at an annual premium of $994.

Other business

The board approved the academic summer school budget at $11,912 and the budget for English as a Second Language for the school year of 2013-14 at $285,558.

Payments were approved to four school districts for instructional services and supplies utilized during the month of April for the after school program. They were Minersville Area, $2,845.19; Pottsville Area, $5,774.11; North Schuylkill, $4,204.72; and Williams Valley, $7,229.25.

Dr. Mary Lou Michaels resigned as director of curriculum and district support services at the end of the work day June 28 and the board directed to advertise the position to fill the vacancy.

Knute Brayford, Frackville, was hired as the assistant principal of the Maple Avenue Campus at annual salary of $62,641. Brenda Hoke, Pottsville, hired as a special education secretary effective July 1 at $25 per day.

A total of 120 students in grades five through eight in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program will be attending the "Summer of Champions" camp for five days from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the Schuylkill Technology Centers North Campus near Frackville.

According to Dr. Diane M. Niederriter, executive director of the IU, the students will be exposed to vocational workshops in order to increase awareness and interest in the technology center. All costs are covered by the 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Instructors named for the camp were Amy Marnell, marketing; Tracey Picht, career explorer; Frank Rupp, welding; Tim McGinley, carpentry; Bryan Lehocky, Horticulture; Scott Reichert, culinary; and William Mack, social studies. They will be paid $28 per hour.

Appointed on the summer maintenance staff to complete outdoor and indoor tasks were Jeremy Hoke, David Baker and Christian Gardner, Pottsville; Christie Sborz, Minersville; Kelsy Showers, Tamaqua; Chris Nemits, Schuylkill Haven; and Ryan Melson, Shenandoah. They will be paid $8.25 per hour.

Named teachers for the 2013 Academic Summer School Program which runs from June 24 to July 29 were, Katherine Cartwright and Jennifer Heming, Pottsville; Elise Popalis, Ringtown; Adrian Portland, Saint Clair; Joy Schwen, Auburn; and Ron Stump, Gordon. They will be paid $1,250 per course.

Thereapeutic workes hired to provide summer therapeutic services to students enrolled in the day treatment and partial hospitalization program not to exceed 35 days during the summer were, Kathy Roth, Ryan Wynosky, Ashley Heim, Carl Stine, Ben Menig and Leanne Thomas, mental health therapists, at $14.50 per hour; and Jennifer Fritz, Michael Jacavage, Rochelle Angelo and Marie Panchari, case managers at $18 per hour.

Six teacher aides were hired to provide extended school year services to eligible students at Pine Grove Area School District during the summer months not to exceed 100 hours. They were, Tanya Becker, Wendy Wolfe, Bonnie Jo Sayers, Deb Levan, Kelsey Henry and Jessica Carl.

Derek Stehr hired as a substitute teacher to provide extended school year service to eligible students at the Maple Avenue Campus, Norwegian Township, not to exceed 85 hours at $25 per hour; and Sarah Brennan was hiired as a teacher aide not to exceed 75 hours at $8.75 per hour

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