Fresh start for many as new school year begins at MCA
MOUNT CARMEL - Three special education instructors, a biology teacher and a mathematics instructor were among personnel hired Thursday night by Mount Carmel Area School Board.
Pamela Roshoe, Kelly Sinn and Kathryn Oswald were approved as special education teachers.
Roshoe was hired at a step 2 bachelor's degree salary of $33,030 with benefits. She will replace Kelly Lesko, who was reassigned to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of high school life skills teacher Christine DeLong.
Sinn was hired at a step 1 bachelor's degree salary of $31,436 with benefits. She will replace David Sanford, who resigned.
Oswald was hired at a step 2 master's degree salary of $34,070 with benefits. She will replace Meghan D'Angelo-Danowski, who resigned. D'Angelo-Danowski also served as third- and fourth-grade inclusion teacher.
Alexis Albertson was approved as a biology teacher at a step 1 bachelor's degree salary of $31,436 with benefits. She will replace Amy Mudry-Varano, who resigned. Mudry-Varano also was student council adviser and class adviser.
Megan Rose was hired as a mathematics teacher at a step 1 bachelor's/master's degree salary of $31,436 with benefits. She will replace Joseph Garrison, who resigned.
The board accepted the resignation of elementary life skills paraprofessional Jackie Burrell and elementary teacher aide Beth Schoppy.
Brynna Ditchey, who served as a 180-day substitute teacher last year, was hired as a computer lab facilitator at the elementary school at a salary of $19,500 without benefits. Ditchey's substitute position will not be replaced for the 2014-2015 school year.
Ditchey's hiring was approved on a 7-0-1 vote with her uncle and board president, Thomas Ditchey, abstaining.
Marc Persing was hired as a permanent substitute teacher for the 2014-2015 school year at a salary of $18,500 with benefits.
Nicole Lubinski, Colleen Kane, Rachel Elgin, Rebecca Winnie and Daniel Lesko were hired as part-time teacher aides at a rate of $7.25 per hour without benefits.
Teachers Margaret Barnhart, Ashley Kilmer, Michael Paulson, Lisa Toms, Amy Watkins, Andrew Yaracz and Jessica Yerges were approved as homebound instructors.
In other business
McClure Company was approved to repair one of the district's chiller units at a cost not to exceed $5,055.
The board approved the replacement of a back flow preventer at the high school at a cost not to exceed $4,000. The work will be completed by maintenance staff.
A&S Service and Sales was hired to replace the refrigeration unit for the walk-in cooler at the elementary school at an approximate cost of $2,000, which includes installation.
The board approved the resignation of football equipment manager Eric Schlegel, who will serve as a volunteer as needed by the coaching staff.
Henry Fadrowski was hired as football equipment manager at a salary of $1,000.
The board approved the following electronic media broadcast rates charged by the district: $25 per game for electronic and radio broadcasts, $100 per game for live television broadcasts, and $50 per game for replayed or taped delayed television broadcasts.
Meghan Wasilewski was hired as a junior high girls basketball coach at a salary of $1,200.
School starts Monday
The board approved a revised 2014-2015 school calendar that calls for all district students to report for classes Monday.
Superintendent Bernie Stellar said students who attend Northumberland County Career and Technology Center must report for classes Aug. 25 at the high school even though the vo-tech school doesn't open until Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Stellar commended maintenance supervisor Dave Fegley for doing an outstanding job with an asphalt paving project in the elementary school parking lot. He said the project began in early August and was completed Monday.
In addition to Ditchey, other directors in attendance were Donna James, Michael Brinkash, Michael Rovito, Tony Mazzatesta, Robert Muldowney, Ray Kraynak and Joseph Zanella. Bill Brecker was absent.