New assistant high school principal hired in Lehighton
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jennifer Evans of Berwick has been hired as the new assistant high school principal in the Lehighton Area School District.
A Berwick Area School District teacher has been tabbed as Lehighton Area School District's new assistant high school principal.
The school board voted 8-0 Monday, with Director Hal Resh absent, to hire Jennifer Evans as assistant high school principal at an annual salary of $70,000. The effective date will be determined, pending clearances.
Evans, who most recently worked as a high school mathematics instructor at Berwick Area High School, told the board she was thankful for its support.
"I'd like to thank the board, (Superintendent) Mr. (Jonathan) Cleaver, and the interviewing panel for this opportunity," Evans said. "I'm looking for a long career serving the faculty, staff, students and local community."
Earlier in the meeting, the board unanimously agreed to accept the resignation of Daniel Repsher from the post, effective July 31.
Repsher has held the position since December of 2011. Last month, he was hired as assistant principal at Parkland High School at an annual salary of $87,000.
Evans has 14 years of experience; 10 years of full-time classroom instruction, and four years of substitute teaching.
She received her undergraduate degree in communications and her master's degree in secondary education with a focus on mathematics, from Missouri State University. She has a principal certificate for K-12.
After the meeting, Evans, who lives in Berwick, said she's looking forward to her new position.
"I am excited and prepared for the challenges that lie ahead for the upcoming school year, with the use of data and collective analysis," she said. "I plan to assist Mr. Reichel, the faculty, and staff, in leading the high school to even greater successes."
In other business, the board:
• Approved the department head, team leader and head teacher hires for the 2014-15 school year.
• Approved the following substitute candidates for the 2014-15 school year: Professionals Marissa Andrews; Jennifer Balliet; Thomas Battista; Lynne Blymire; Paul Breiner, retired; Christine Cella, retired; MaryBeth Dowbachuk; Denise Drum; Sarah Fink; Melissa Fox; JoLynn Gazo; John Gill, retired; Stephanie Gombert; Judith Hall; Lori Hoppes; Pamela Hoppes; Ruth Kistler, retired; Janice Kromer; Kayla Kromer; William Kunkle, retired; Amber Miller; Sarah Miller; JoAnne Mitzen, nurse; Ashley Newton; Paul Orsulak; Judy Paterson; Joshua Presgraves; Jared Smith; Taryn Stewart; Gerald Strubinger; Simon Tkach; and Stephanie Yelles; Support Susan Anthony; Tracey Hawk; Sandra Hedmeck; Rebecca Karpowicz; Kathleen Kintz; Gail Sacelaris; Eric Schlecht; Kyle Ann Smith; Lisa Solt; Tammy Steele; Crystal Stein; Michele Stoffey; Leonora Truhe; Terri-Jean Walck; Wayne Wassmer; and Jacqueline Williamson.
• Approved the hiring of Paul Orsulak, grades 7-8 summer band/orchestra, for the summer band position, at the rate of $29 per hour.
• Approved Kevin Bond in the extracurricular position of high school video production, retroactive for the 2013-14 school year.
• Approved the following hires for Title I Math Camp instructors at Shull David Elementary, from 8 a.m. to noon, July 14-25: Andrea Boyer and Patricia Ebbert, and paraprofessionals, Bonnie Helmer and Christina Brong. The summer positions will be paid at the current contracted hourly rate out of 2013-2014 Title I funds.
• Approved the following hires for Title I Math Camp instructors at Shull David Elementary, from 8 a.m. to noon, July 28-Aug. 8: Marijane Petit-Clair, Tiffany Strausberger and Lauren Strohl; and paraprofessionals, Helmer and Linda Steigerwalt. The summer positions will be paid at the current contracted hourly rate out of 2013-2014 Title I funds.
• Approved requests from Joanna Kozyra-Barilla, from July 7 through Aug. 15, American National Government; and Michael Feifel, from July 21-31, The Progressive Era, for pre-approval of courses/programs for continuing education.
• Approved the School Enrichment Journey requests for high school FBLA Matthew Fisher/Kim Mychaliszyn-Simko, on Oct. 16 to Palmerton Area High School to participate in the FBLA Region 21 Workshop; and from Nov. 2-3, to State College to participate in the FBLA State Leadership Workshop.
• Acknowledged FMLA leaves for employee for two employees, not to exceed 12 weeks.
• Approved the July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017, Compensation Plan for Administrators and Managers Agreement, as reviewed by the school district's solicitor.