PENNS MANOR: School directors hire 10 teachers
August 16, 2013 10:50 AM
by JULIE MARTIN

KENWOOD — Penns Manor school board officials brought on 10 teachers Thursday, among them two who had been placed on furlough.

Those hired include six elementary teachers, as well as science, business, English and special-education instructors.

The additions are an effort to keep the school district’s programming at a sustainable level, according to Superintendent Thomas Kakabar.

In recent years, Penns Manor lost a total of 15 teachers to retirement. Ten teachers in the district retired last year, Kakabar said. The year before, five did.

The openings filled at Thursday night’s school board meeting take care of some gaps left in the wake of the retirements.

“We feel those were the positions that needed to be replaced to keep our programs intact,” Kakabar said. Salaries of the new hires are subject to change, according to officials, due to the ongoing contract negotiations between the district and the Penns Manor Area Education Association. The current terms are based upon teachers’ expired contract with the district.

Those hired or reinstated:

• Secondary English teacher Jennifer Horgan, who was brought back full time at a salary of $66,039 and Richard Mazey, secondary science instructor, who will return to a half-time position with a salary of $26,256.

• Elementary teachers Carson Rhea, Jason Miloser, Adam Shearer, Connie Myers and Kelli Buterbaugh. Myers will be paid $56,964; the others will be paid $51,053.

• Half-time business teacher Adelle Dolney, at $27,290.

• Lee Kuzemchak, brought in as a special-education teacher with a salary of $54,580.

Eight extracurricular positions were filled, as well. Pay for those positions will range from $537.25 to $1,312.74.

Terri Myers was hired as a school nurse at $63,889, and Sam Lute was approved to fill the security coordinator position for the 2013-14 school year. Lute will be paid a $200 coordinator fee.

The board also approved rates for security guards. They will be hired as contractors and paid a $55 flat fee for security at varsity football games, a $50 flat fee for other sports activities and $10 per hour for events or tournaments.

Officials also approved several voluntary transfers: Mary Davis moved to the position of cleaner at the rate of $14.75 an hour; Carla Davis transferred into a cleaning position where she will make $14.29 an hour; and Tammany Brady filled a high school receptionist position at the rate of $13.34 an hour.

Officials also approved the advertisement, if necessary, of the positions which the transfers leave vacant. Those include a 2οΎ½-hour cafeteria monitor position Brady held previously, an instructional assistant position that Mary Davis leaves behind and Carla Davis’ cafeteria position.

In addition to making numerous hiring decisions, directors also heard from two Penns Manor parents whose children are involved in wrestling. They asked officials to consider a cooperative agreement with Marion Center School District’s wrestling program.

The effort would be supported by a booster program, so the co-op program would come to the district at no cost.

Some parents had started an elementary wrestling group last year. Interest in the program was high, with about 40 students joining up, according to the parents.

Once their students reach the ninth grade, they will have nowhere to wrestle if they want to be able to compete or progress in their sport, parents said.

Officials indicated Thursday that those in the district’s athletic department plan to look into the possibility of a co-op team. Kakabar said it would depend upon the level of interest and whether such an effort would interfere with other athletic programs throughout the school year.

In other business, the board:

• Approved an agreement with ARIN Intermediate Unit to create an Autistic Support classroom at Penns Manor Area Elementary School. They also gave the go-ahead to an agreement with the Learning Lamp to provide an alternative education classroom at the junior/senior high school.

• Agreed to a $913 donation to the Challenger Learning Center. Those seeking support for the center have asked for a $1 per student donation from area school districts. Those donations will be earmarked for start-up costs.

• Accepted the resignation of assistant band director Marc Nelson as well as the hire of his replacement, Fred Montanaro. Montanaro will be paid $3,275.94.

• Renewed a contract with CAMCO Physical and Occupational Therapy, LLC, of Johnstown. The contract, which runs Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015, sets the cost of CAMCO’s therapy services to special-needs students at $57 per hour. That is a $1 increase from its previous contract with the district.

• Approved a change order request from Gene Ball Customer Builder. The company, which is renovating the press box at the school’s football field, requested the change for purchase and installation of two windows, at a total cost of $2,340. Costs of the renovations come from a donation to the district.

• Gave the go-ahead to a number of field trips and workshops.

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