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PENNS MANOR: Student services director resigns

by on May 12, 2013 2:40 AM

KENWOOD — The Penns Manor school board accepted the resignation of the district’s director of student services Thursday, after almost 12 years of service.

Bonnie Davis, who is retiring effective June 7, submitted her resignation letter to the district in April. Davis has been employed with the district since July 2001.

Board President Robert Packer thanked Davis for her time and efforts, saying she has “made a tremendous change to this district” and has been “a tremendous asset.”

Davis thanked the board as well as high school Principal Daren Johnston, elementary school Principal David Grimaldi and others at Penns Manor, saying they “have been really good to work with.”

“I can honestly say it’s been a really good experience here,” she said. “The parents have been wonderful to work with; the teachers and staff, I’ve learned a lot from them. Daren and Dave have been so supportive.

“Thank you for all of your support and for all of the great initiatives that you need to continue” for the district, Davis added.

Packer said after the meeting that the district currently doesn’t have a replacement for Davis in mind, and said that with the district having lost 10 people to retirement, the board has “asked our administrative team to look at restructuring our administrative area, especially in light of the new testing requirements and so forth.” He said they will be coming back with some recommendations in the next couple of weeks.

The board also accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Pearlina Donahey, who is retiring effective May 17. She has been employed with Penns Manor since November 2000.

Donahey and the other cafeteria workers with her at Thursday’s meeting thanked the board and others “for everything that they’ve done for us.”

“They’ve stood by us pretty good,” she said, adding that they were “going to do a card” as a token of thanks but “it’s nice to know that when you can face somebody personally and thank them personally, it means more than a card. … We all appreciate what you’ve done for us.”

The board also accepted resignations for Rose Fisher and Donna Mason, both cleaners, effective May 31 due to retirement. Fisher has been with the district since October 1988, and Mason since September 1997.

In other business, the board:

• Entered into a contract renewal with Metz Culinary Management for the supervision and operation of a food service program effective July 1 through June 30, 2014, not to exceed $135,583.75 from the general fund.

• Scheduled a special board meeting for 6 p.m. May 28 to adopt a tentative 2013-14 budget and for general purposes.

• Approved a dual enrollment agreement with Mount Aloysius College for the 2013-14 school year, and a dual enrollment and associate degree in general studies agreement with Penn Highlands Community College for 2013-14.

• Approved the district’s renewal with Gaggle for $1,760 for a one-year agreement. Gaggle provides safe online learning tools for K-12 students and provides teachers and students with access to current technological tools for communication, collaboration and productivity in a safe environment.

• Renewed the maintenance agreement with ProSoft for July 1 through June 30, 2014, for $9.087.25, a 5 percent increase from last year.

• Awarded the bid for industrial arts supplies for 2013-14 to: Forest County Wood Products, $3,622.84; Midwest Technology Products, $494.45; Metco Supply, $1,891.42; Mann & Parker Lumber Co., $1,320; O’Shea Lumber Company, $1,512.50; Paxton/Patterson, $531.30; and Satco Supply, $1,394.62, for a total of $10,767.13.

• Appointed John Hardesty to serve on the Local Agriculture Advisory Committee.

• Announced the senior awards banquet for 6 p.m. June 4 at the Rustic Lodge, Baccalaureate for 7 p.m. June 5 and high school graduation at 7 p.m. June 6.

• Approved the following as day-to-day substitutes for the 2012-13 school year: Jacquelyn Allison-Treese, health/physical education; Christine Ferguson, elementary and special education; Debra Johnson, early childhood Pre-K-4 and special education Pre-K-8; Anthony Bonanno, Ruth Bonanno and Andrew Rusko, cleaning and maintenance; and Jody Peterson, secretarial and instructional assistant.

• Hired Leanne Shabbick as the district office secretary/receptionist B at $13.34 an hour, effective Monday with a 30-day probationary period.

• Approved a leave of absence without pay for Susan Lowry, beginning tentatively on Aug. 26 and ending tentatively on Nov. 15.

• Gave permission to post and advertise, if necessary, for the following extracurricular positions: elementary math curriculum leader, English department head, FBLA adviser, senior class adviser, special education department head, thinking cap games, vocal ensemble director and vocational department head.

• Granted the administration permission to post and advertise for the school nurse position.



Heather Blake is the wire editor and an assistant web editor for The Indiana Gazette. She covers courts, Saltsburg and Homer City borough councils and Penns Manor and United school districts, in addition to writing feature articles. She can be reached at hblake@indianagazette.net.
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