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The board named former Indiana Area School District teacher and administrator Holly Rougeaux to serve as a technology specialist teacher at a current-rate salary of $75,136 to be adjusted for the next school year.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity to be a Homer-Center Wildcat!” Rougeaux told the board following the vote during a special public meeting held online using the Zoom app.

“I’m beyond excited to start with your community and learn more about you.

“I love students, I love tech, I love teaching and I love leadership and this is the perfect combo.”

Rougeaux led the online instructional platform, IDEAL, at the Indiana Area district until 2017 and was hired at IUP as a clinical assistant specialist.

The university promoted Rougeaux to assistant dean for educational effectiveness and innovations in 2018.

Homer-Center directors also hired Chelsea Palmer, who also was introduced to the board as a former Indiana Area School District staffer, to serve as an English teacher at a pre-adjusted salary of $64,672.

The board named Laura Goodnack, from the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District faculty, as a chemistry teacher at a salary of $73,562 (to be adjusted for the coming year).

“We lost some top-notch teachers, but it’s good to replace them with top-notch hires,” director Gerald Bertig said.

The board also hired Nathan Potts and Jacob Kishlock as summer student maintenance workers at $8 an hour upon receipt of necessary clearances.

Homer-Center directors also approved a contract with 77 Design Co. for production of a video of the high school graduation ceremony at a cost of $4,450.

High School Principal Jody Rainey said commencement remains on schedule for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, but discussed along with the directors a variety of possible changes for the ceremony if Gov. Tom Wolf designates Indiana County to advance from the yellow to green phase of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. A common notion is that Wolf could include Indiana County in an announcement Friday of the next wave of counties that would have fewer restrictions effective June 5.

Homer-Center’s full graduation and post-ceremony plans will be announced after the county status is confirmed, Rainey said.

NOTE: This article edited at 3:25 p.m. May 27 to list Rougeaux's correct title at IUP.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.