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Special education leader leaving Panther Valley

Panther Valley’s special education supervisor is leaving to take the same position in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

Sandra Michalik led Panther Valley’s special education programs since July 2013, and has worked in special education in the area for more than 20 years.

Earlier this month, the Panther Valley School Board accepted her resignation, effective Oct. 9.

However due to a clause in her contract, the district has the ability to hold her up to 60 days after her official resignation, or until a replacement is found.

Michalik repeatedly thanked the school board and administrators for allowing her to serve the district.

“The board, past and present, I have seen, has been incredibly supportive of me, and has trusted me anytime I asked for something or wanted to do something. I appreciate that very much,” Michalik said.

On Oct. 10, she accepted a director of special education position with the Jim Thorpe Area School District, at a prorated salary of $87,000.

Superintendent Dennis Kergick said that Michalik has served the district’s special education programs well.

“She’s been a stalwart in this district and has done very well in regard to facilitating the needs of special educating teachers.

Other business

At the October meeting, the school board also:

• Accepted the resignation of Pamela McElmoyle, eighth grade science teacher, effective Oct. 13.

• Accepted the resignation of James Hull, Spanish teacher, effective Oct. 3.

• Approved the temporary assignment of Deborah Rohlfing as an instructional aide in the junior/senior high school life skills classroom, starting Sept. 22, until a date to be determined.

• Approved Bobby-L Paparozzi as a substitute teacher, at a rate of $90 per day. Paparozzi retired from the district earlier this year.

• Approved Jeanine Snyder as a coach parent rep for independent cross-country runners for the 2017-18 school year.

• Revised the start dates of junior/senior high school physical education teacher Meghan Wasilewski and junior/senior high school Spanish teacher Amy Kull to Sept. 27 and Oct. 16, respectively.