Shamokin Area School Board remains unchanged
SHAMOKIN - Brian Persing will remain president of Shamokin Area School Board.
He was appointed by unanimous vote Wednesday during the board's annual reorganization meeting at Northumberland County Career and Technology Center.
Ron McElwee will remain vice president.
Persing began 2012 as vice president himself and moved up in the ranks in August after Tracey Witmer vacated the appointment. He also will represent the board on the Career and Technology Center's operating board for the next three years.
With Persing's ascension at the time, McElwee replaced him as vice president.
There were no votes on the positions of secretary and treasurer, which had been held by Jeff Kashner and Ed Griffiths, respectively.
Attorney Jim Zurick was retained as board solicitor. He's paid $75 an hour with no benefits and an annual retainer of $3,500.
Kashner will replace Bernie Sosnoskie as the board's representative to the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.
LaRue Beck will remain a liaison to Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
The school board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from January through November, with the exception of July when there is traditionally no monthly meeting.
In other business, Persing's son, Marc, was one of two people hired as math tutors.
Marc Persing and Mike Murphy were the lone applicants for the two positions, the elder Persing said.
They will be paid $18.50 an hour for, on average, 35 hours a week and receive no benefits. Their employment ends after the final round of Keystone Exam testing in May.
Funding for the positions was included in the current year's budget, said Brian Persing, who abstained from the vote.
The eight other board directors all voted in favor.
Kandy Miller, Wendi Lynch, Donna Talisesky, Inga Maciejewski and Dana Rutkowski were appointed as elementary tutors for one hour a week after school at a rate of $18.50 an hour.
Mary Anne Stump, who was laid off in April, will return to work after the winter break to resume teaching music at the high school. She will replace Nancy Shuey, who has submitted a letter of resignation, according to Ruby Michetti, curriculum coordinator.
Kayla Shiko, of Coal Township, and Kelani Walter, of Shamokin, were each added to the teaching substitute list.
The board negated a contract reached last month with Daniel Hinkle to serve as a contracted personal care aide for $25 a day. Instead, he and/or Carol Whiting will be approved to drive their child to and from school in their personal vehicle at the mileage reimbursement rate approved by the Internal Revenue Service.
An agreement was approved with Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. for the district to allow students over the age of 18 to engage in a hands-on work program over winter break.