Marion Center High School

MARION CENTER — The Marion Center Area High School appointed a new dean of students Monday.

Scott Peterson, who has been with the district for 11 years and most recently served as an instructional technology coach, was promoted to the position at an annual salary of $73,500.

He replaces Gena Anthony, who resigned April 19 amid an investigation into “her behavior with a student.”

Anthony was suspended with pay for approximately a month while the school investigated the incident. She had served as high school dean of students since June 2017 and was paid a salary of $66,775.

“We had to open (the position) and he posted for it,” Superintendent Clint Weimer said of Peterson. “We feel he is a very strong and suitable candidate for the position.

“He filled the role on an interim basis (after Anthony was terminated) and we just moved him right into it.”

At its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the school board approved the hiring of Kristy LaMorte as an instructional aid at a starting salary per the teacher’s contract.

The board also signed off on seven supplemental contracts connected to co-curricular activities, including JoAnna Zack, head cheerleading coach ($3,400 salary); Jennifer Saxfield, assistant cheerleading coach ($1,550); Greg Pack, head volleyball coach ($4,400); Lacie Cook, assistant volleyball coach ($2,600); Nicholas Pinizzotto, assistant football coach ($3,750); Queston Van Horne, head junior high football coach ($3,300) and Don Fulmer, assistant junior high football coach ($2,800). Brodey Thompson was approved as a volunteer assistant football coach, pending clearances.

In other news, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Luke Hamilton, elementary music teacher and assistant band director. He was hired as United’s high school band director last week at a salary of $47,087.

• Approved a satisfactory review rating for Weimer for the 2019-2020 school year. He received an overall rating of above average.

• Voted to accept the adoption of the sublease of property for the Indiana County Conservation District and Westmoreland Community College on the ICTC property.

• Hired Eric Hile to a seven-hour custodian position at $10 per hour at W.A. McCreery Elementary School and Brian McKee for the same position and pay at Rayne Township Elementary School.