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Elementary principal to retire

Published March 12. 2013 05:01PM

An elementary principal in the Northern Lehigh School District will retire from her position later this month.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to accept the retirement resignation of Slatington Elementary Principal Dr. Linda Marcincin, effective March 28, 2013.

Marcincin will retire from the district after 19 years of service. She was named building principal in 2004.

Superintendent Michael Michaels announced that Scott Pyne, who had most recently served as assistant principal at the high school, has been named acting principal at Slatington Elementary.

"Everything seems to be going very well," Michaels said.

After the meeting, Michaels said he hopes Pyne "does a bang-up job."

Pyne said "the transition has gone really great. It's a great school."

Michaels said himself, as well as Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas, and Scot Engler, Director of Special Education and Administrative Services, have picked up Pyne's duties as high school assistant principal.

Also on Monday, the board, with sincere regrets, accepted the retirement resignation of Donna Marushak from her position as Slatington Elementary fifth grade teacher, effective on, or about, June 10, 2013. At this time, she will begin her retirement from the district after 20 years.

Afterward, Michaels referred to Maruschak as "an outstanding educator."

"She was really good," he said. "She will be sorely missed."

Director Gregory Williams echoed Michaels sentiments about Marushak.

In an unrelated matter, the board approved a pair of resolutions; one concerning the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute general fund budget and Academic Center expenditures for the 2013-14 school year, and the other, concerning the 2013-14 Lehigh Carbon Community College Sponsor contribution budget.

On an 8-0 vote, with one abstention, the board approved the resolution with regard to the LCTI general fund budget and Academic Center expenditures for the 2013-14 school year. Director Lauren Ganser abstained because she works there. The general fund budget total is $23,598,900, an increase of $501,170, or 2.17-percent. The district's portion of the budget is $898,390, a decrease of $52,720. The expenditures for the Academic Center budget for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, total $1,361,509, a decrease of $12,781, or .93 percent. The district's portion is $31,819, a decrease of $8,141. A copy of the budget was distributed to board members with the agenda.

The board then approved by a unanimous vote the resolution regarding the 2013-14 LCCC Sponsor contribution budget. Total expenditures equal $6,490,157, an increase of $108,606, or 1.7 percent, over the 2012-13 budget. The district's share of the total budget is $239,449, an increase of $7,453, or 3.2 percent. A copy of the budget was distributed at the Feb. 11, 2013 school board meeting.

Afterward, Dr. Donald Snyder, LCCC President, who was in attendance, thanked the board, as well as Michaels, for all its support throughout the years.

The board then expressed its appreciation toward Snyder and LCCC.

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