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Pleasant Valley loses 2 principals

The Pleasant Valley School Board approved the resignations of both the high school and intermediate school principals at its meeting on Thursday night.

High school Principal Matthew Triolo and intermediate school Principal Todd Breiner are among 15 other employees whose resignations were also approved.

The others include Hillary Atkinson, a teacher at the elementary school; Bryan Kohberger, a security officer; three substitute paraprofessional associates; four substitute secretaries; five substitute teachers; and a casual security officer.

It was not said at the meeting where Triolo is going.

It was recently reported that Breiner is leaving the school district to accept a position as principal of Slatington Elementary School in the Northern Lehigh School District. Their school board approved hiring him in a special meeting on Monday.

School board Director Susan Kresge said, “The resignations of our high school and our intermediate school principals are in my opinion a tremendous loss to this district.”

Kresge called them shining stars and said, “I’m very sad to see them leave.”

Administrative positions were among those being looked at in May when the school district’s former superintendent, Lee Lesisko, proposed furloughing 40 employees.

After his abrupt retirement in early June, the school board rescinded the possible furloughs. The school board said furloughs were not completely off the table, but were not being considered at this time. They wanted to wait see if enrollment numbers would return to pre-pandemic levels.

Preliminary enrollment numbers in June showed a strong return of students from various cybercharter schools, including the district’s own cyber academy.

An enrollment report was not given at the school board’s July meeting.

In addition to these 17 employees, the district also saw the retirements of six teachers in late May and early June.

At the end of the meeting, school board Director Dan Wunder said he wanted to add to Kresge’s comment.

“We lost two excellent administrators,” he said. “This board needs to get a serious look at ourselves.”

School board President Donna Yozwiak wrapped up by saying, “I want to extend my thanks for their dedication, all 17 people, and wish them the best of luck in their new chapter of their lives that they are entering.”