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Tamaqua fires systems employee

The Tamaqua Area School Board approved the termination of Zachary A. Blihar, effective immediately, at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

“The only thing I can say, because it’s a personnel issue, there’s very little I can offer other than the motion, which would be self-explanatory,” said Ray Kinder, superintendent.

Tamaqua addressed many personnel matters at its board meeting on Tuesday, which included resignations, retirements and new hires. Blihar was the only termination.

Last week, Kinder commented in a text message about an unnamed employee. He said the school district is “aware of the allegations and that we are actively addressing them according to established procedures in the best interest and safety of our students and staff.”

A video of a Tamaqua area man in an alleged sex sting was posted on YouTube and social media last week by Musa Harris, of Kingston, and was sent to the Times News. Harris, who notified police, calls himself the Luzerne County Predator Catcher.

“There is an investigation ongoing, we are working with the Luzerne County Predator Hunter,” said Tamaqua Police Cpl. Thomas Rodgers. “He is working with us and turning over requested information.”

According to Linked­In, Blihar was a district employee since 2007. He was a system administrator and co-head e­sports coach with the district.