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PURCHASE LINE: Superintendent plans to retire

by JEREMY HARTLEY jhartley@indianagazette.net on May 14, 2013 10:50 AM

The Purchase Line school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Tina Hazelet, effective June 28, during the regular meeting Monday at the Purchase Line Junior Senior High School.

“I would like to thank Miss Hazelet for her years of dedication to this school district,” board President Mary Ann Pittman said. “I know your heart and soul is here. I know when you leave, a piece of your heart and soul will remain. I only hope we can continue down the road you started, and we wish you happiness and good health, and enjoy.”

Hazelet took over as Purchase Line superintendent on July 1, 2009, succeeding former superintendent Richard C. Makin. A 1979 Purchase Line graduate, Hazelet had served as assistant principal at Laurel Valley middle school and high school and sat on the Purchase Line School Board. She holds a masters degree in special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m going to be starting book two, chapter one of retirement,” Hazelet said in regard to her post-career plans. “As for what my future plans are, I guess I best say that will be determined at that time.”

According to Pittman, the position will be advertised with salary according to the contract.

The board also accepted the resignation of William Pearce, marching band director, musical co-director, dinner theater director and fine arts department chairman. Pearce’s resignation leaves a gap in the music program, bringing the number of full-time music teachers to only one. Concern has arisen in the community that one person would not be enough to continue a quality music program at Purchase Line.

Pearce is a candidate for the board in the upcoming primary election.

“We do have a quality music program here at the school,” said a concerned citizen during the public comment portion. “In fact, I think it’s one of the best. … We don’t need to lose that. I know you say we’re not going to lose the music program, but if you take away half of the directors, you’re going to take away the quality of the music department.”

A grass-roots “Save the Music” campaign has been started by community members in the form of yard signs and online petitions.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the security vestibule/new visitor entrance/office area project at the junior/senior high school and a letter of engagement with HHSDR for architectural and engineering services. The project is slated to be completed by Oct. 11.

• Approved the resignations of Leesa Elling, assistant volleyball coach, and Tonya Kachmarchi, head cheerleading adviser.

• Renewed the athletic contract for Rebecca Hudak, head girls’ basketball coach.

• Approved the creation and advertisement for a 12-month technology coordinator’s position for the 2013-14 school year.

• Approved the 2013-14 sports schedules.

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