PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line Board of Directors accepted, with regret, the retirements of assistant high school Principal Carol Putt-Ayers and business manager Janice Pearce on Monday during the regular board meeting at the high school.
Both Ayers and Pearce are slated to end their time with the school district on June 27.
Board President Mary Ann Pittman wished both “health and happiness,” adding, “it’s going to be lovely without a schedule. You’ll love it, so enjoy it.”
Ayers, who also serves as federal programs coordinator, said she has been with the district for 17 years, 12 years as an administrator. She said she has plans to spend more time with family.
“I have been very blessed to work for the district,” she said, “but it’s time to move on.”
Pearce said she is completing 18 years with the district, and her plans are more open-ended.
“I’m excited to find out (what’s next),” she said. “I’ve got multiple things to consider.”
Following these departures, the next step is to post advertisements for the positions and take applications, Superintendent Joseph Bradley said.
Bradley wants to post the positions soon so they can be filled before the current employees resign.
Maintenance manager Carl Jones updated the board on the condition of the football and band fields, saying that once the danger of frost is past, two days will be needed with each field to conduct soil testing and determine what seed will be needed. The process will take approximately six weeks, and then the district will have a better understanding of how well the field will work. Weather conditions will determine how well the seeding of the field will work.
In other business, Bradley said he hoped to have a preliminary budget to the board by April 1 and will be working with Pearce to complete the budget by that soft deadline.
Bradley also extended his thanks to the students and staff who were in charge of the musical “Hello Dolly,” which ran from Thursday through Saturday. Bradley specifically noted the work of Carl Jones, Rebecca Bracken, Paula Saylor and Deb Johnson.
In further business, the board approved:
• The 2014-15 school year calendar, adding April 6, 2015, as another snow makeup day to the schedule. The order in which snow makeup days will now be used will be April 7, Feb. 18, April 2, June 5 and April 6, 2015.
• The resignation of Sean Mack as cross country coach.
• Hiring Ronald Buterbaugh as assistant baseball coach at a salary of $2,000 for the 2014 season.
• The 2014-15 ARIN general operating budget of $3,027,138 with a $23,284 share for Purchase Line.
• The retirement of Shirley Wetzel, six-hour custodian, effective March 31, and Robin McCall, five-hour custodian, effective June 30.
• Hiring Bernadette Pierce as a four-hour cafeteria cook at $9.64 an hour, effective March 11.
• Tabling the hiring of a seven-hour instructional aide until August following the release of the new budget and enrollments.
• Tina Busovicki as an additional teacher substitute.
• Stacy Bartlebaugh and Betty Pearce as band volunteers and John Blake as track volunteer.