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Part-time employee fired at Tamaqua school

Published November 20. 2013 05:00PM

The Tamaqua School Board fired a part-time employee after an executive session that lasted nearly 90 minutes Tuesday night.

The termination of the part-time employee was not listed on the agenda or on the addendum to the agenda. As she supplied the addendum to members of the press, Superintendent Carol Makuta hand wrote "part-time employee terminated effective Nov. 7, 2013" on the paper. She would not provide specifics but did say that the individual had been employed in education, not in the custodial or cafeteria departments.

"The employee was in violation of district policies and procedures. The employee is still entitled to due process, and I would be remiss if I commented further," Makuta said.

The board also took action to approve repository sales on four Tamaqua properties.

The properties approved for repository sale are 631 Hazle St., 301 Railroad St., 345 East Union St. and 524 Elm St. Properties become available in repository sales after they've been available, but not sold, at a judicial sale. Bids on a repository property must be approved by all taxing districts, including the county, borough and school district.

Robert Stackhouse, whose bid on the 345 East Union St. property had been approved by Schuylkill County and Tamaqua borough, attended the meeting and waited through the executive session to learn if the school district would supply the third approval. He said his family is currently renting and that his three children attend Tamaqua schools.

In other action, the board hired: Robert Hartranft Jr., Tamaqua, substitute custodian; guest substitute professional teachers Linnea Meisner, Andreas; Tiffany Pickett, Tamaqua; and Michael Uranko, Pottsville; and Maria Skripnek, New Ringgold, substitute clerical.

The board also approved the 2014-2015 Tamaqua Area School District and Schuylkill Intermediate School calendars. In 2014, the first day of school will be Aug. 25.

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