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EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — The school directors on Tuesday accepted the resignation of United’s high school band director and subsequently hired his replacement.

Board members approved the resignation letter from Zachery Karcher, effective Sept. 7. Karcher, a secondary music instructor, was hired in July as a music teacher at Indiana Area School District. He had been with United for four years, Superintendent Barbara Parkins said in an email Wednesday.

In addition to being the high school band director, Karcher directed the marching band and pit orchestra and taught 7-12 instrumental music, theory, ninth-grade general music and beginning guitar,

according to his teacher page on the district’s website.

His replacement, Luke Hamilton, was an elementary music instructor at Marion Center, where he worked for three years, Parkins said. He was hired Tuesday at a salary of $47,087.

Directors on Tuesday also adopted a resolution proposed by Indiana County Technology Center confirming that ICTC’s joint operating committee is authorized to enter into one or more ground leases and/or subleases of portions of the ICTC site.

Parkins said the resolution is in regard to the JOC’s ability to lease property, including “leases with the Indiana County Conservation District, (Westmoreland County Community College) and Challenger.”

An August 2018 Gazette article reported that Indiana County received a $750,000 grant to facilitate WCCC’s proposed move from its location at Airport Road to a new, expanded facility on ICTC grounds. The facility would allow for programming and operational partnerships between WCCC and ICTC, and provide space for the potential location of the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center, according to the report.

In other business Tuesday, the school directors:

• Approved spring coach supplemental positions totaling $27,673 and nonathletic supplemental positions totaling $14,966.84.

• Approved the Best Window and Door Proposal to construct and install four windows in the junior high wing for $4,449.

• Accepted a donation of $4,500 from Johnson Controls for the football scoreboard.

• Approved a professional services agreement from Catapult Learning LLC to provide Title I instructional services in reading and math for qualifying nonpublic students enrolled at St. Bernard School in the amount of $6,592; and from The Learning Lamp to provide Title I instructional services in reading and math for qualifying nonpublic students enrolled at Divine Mercy in the amount of $2,637.

• Authorized an activity request from Lewis Kindja to attend the PA Principals Conference from Oct. 12 to 14 in State College at a cost of $709.98.

• Authorized an activity request from Jocelyn Hudson to attend the Nationals High School Cheerleading Championships from Feb. 6 to 10 in Orlando, Fla., at no cost to the district.

• Approved 32 van drivers and 37 bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year.

• Authorized 29 elementary and high school volunteers for 2019-20.