Admin changes approved

Positions moved for school consolidation

MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County School District Board of Directors approved changes to administration related to the upcoming consolidation at its voting meeting on Thursday.

In a 7-2 vote, the board approved following changes, which will take effect on Jan. 3, 2019:

¯Edward Apple will be moved to director of secondary education, with a $5,000 increase in salary, prorated until the end of the school year;

¯Christie Holderman will be named the director of elementary education with a $5,000 increase in salary, prorated until the end of the school year;

¯Benjamin Fausey will be the principal of Juniata High School;

¯Wendy Varner will be principal of East Juniata High School with an $8,873.80 increase in salary, prorated until the end of the school year;

¯Andy S. Kinzer will be assistant principal of Juniata High School, East Juniata High School and Tuscarora Junior High School;

¯Valerie Ricedorf will be principal of East Juniata Elementary School;

¯Clint Mitchell will be principal of Juniata Elementary School and Nancy Kramer will be principal of curriculum as assigned.

Board members Troy Woodward and Joseph Shearer voting against the changes.

Woodward said he felt the board should wait until after the consolidation to see where resources are needed before approving changes. He also questioned why administrative changes were being made at the junior high and high school level when they were not included in the consolidation.

In an 8-1 vote, the board approved establishing the position of secondary dean of students/athletic director and further recommended the employment of Travis Quici to fill the position.

Woodward voted against the motion.

Also in an 8-1 vote, the board approved establishing the position of elementary dean of students/technology coach and further recommended David Portzline to fill the position.

Woodward again voted in opposition.

The board voted down an agreement to continue a contract with Executive Grant Writers, as it has in the past, to secure grants for the district.

The agreement included a fee of 8 percent of any competitive grant received and no fee for any grant not gained.

Board members Joseph Shearer, Angela Varner, Amy Wagner, Woodward, Heather Kelly, Christine McLaughlin and Danny Snyder opposed the motion, while Christine Shadel and Mark Wagner voted favorably.

Kelly said she has concerns regarding the terms of the grant, which included there being no cap on how much the grant writer could receive.

The board also took the following action:

¯ Approved contracted drivers, vehicles and routes for the 2018-19 school year. Board member Joseph Shearer abstained.

¯Approved the revised Juniata County School District’s charter school policy.

¯Approved the following resignations: Fayette Elementary School LPN/paraprofessional Chastity Shirey; Tuscarora Valley Elementary School secretary Stacey Campbell and Juniata High School teacher Scott Bryson.

¯Established a level 1 paraprofessional position at East Juniata High School.

¯Hired Ruth Hernandez and Amy Torres as translators at a rate of $15 per hour.

¯Approved the following transfers: Gregory Bell from Walker Elementary School custodian to Fayette Elementary School custodian; Beth Clark from Tuscarora Valley Elementary School LPN to Fayette Elementary School LPN; Trisha Haubert from Walker Elementary School LPN/secretary to Tuscarora Valley Elementary School secretary/LPN; Cheryl Shearer from Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School custodian to Mountain View Elementary School custodian and Glen J. Cook from Mountain View Elementary School custodian to Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School custodian.

¯Approved employment of Danielle Bowsman as Fayette Elementary School paraprofessional at a rate of $10.70 per hour.

¯Approved employment of Sharon Mingle as Fayette Elementary School secretary at $10.78 per hour.

¯Approved Keith Boreman as a substitute custodian, Chastity Shirey as substitute LPN and Katrina Jarvis as substitute secretary.

¯Approved Mandy Ritzman as long-term substitute learning support teacher at Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School.

¯Approved the following mentors for the 2018-19 school year: Jennifer Hund for Myriah Alderfer; Amanda Shelley for Suzanne Burchfield; Elizabeth Fedder for Carrie Walters; Leighette Sechrist for Lori Chubb; Thomas Feltman for Tabbetha Vanhorn-Price and Joshua Wagner for Sarah Kim.

¯Approved continued employment of Margaret Hackenberger as school psychologist at a salary of $60,000.

¯ Approved the following occupational advisory committee members:

Agriculture: Alice Gray, Juniata County commissioner; Dan Benner, business owner; Kristina McAllister, Ag Choice Farm Credit; Jessica Thomas-King, soil conservationalist; Kyle Supplee, dairy farmer, Juniata FFA alumni representative; David Graybill, dairy farmer; Matthew Dysinger, agronomy seed seller; Michael Brubaker, business owner; Kyley Painter, Juniata High School student representative.

CADD: Tyler Fry, CADD technician; Parrish Shellenberger, mechanical designer; Jeff Hart, mechanical engineer; Jeremy Smith, OSP/ISP engineer; Timothy Zeigler, civil engineer; Robert St. Clair, instructor, Penn State University.

Trades: Chris Foltz, Crider/Michael Construction; James Geedey, Kinsley Construction; William Harrison, Harrison Plumbing and Heating; David Imes, Miller Pipeline; Danny Sheffer, John Sheaffer Inc; Eric Wirt, Republic Development Corp.; Trent Brenneman, Stydinger Bros.; Mike Wieger, Heim Electric; Brandon Horan, Triangle Tech; Alice Gray, Juniata County Commissioner; Steve Whistler, instructor, Juniata High School; Roger Swyers, instructor, Tuscarora Junior High School; John Burns, Mifflintown Plumbing and Heating; Kerry Gingrich, Gingrich Concrete; Jacob Kauffman, Plumbing and Heating; Ed Jamison, Quality Stone of Thompsontown.

Health professions: Linda Groninger, EMT/CPR instructor/former deputy director, Juniata County EMS; Bonnie Bowsman, RN/Unit manager, Lewistown Hospital; Bonnie Cook, RN, Lewistown Hospital; Teresa Murphy, RN/DPW Office of Long Term Living; Beth Manbeck, RN, Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging; Lisa Becker, RN, Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology instructor; Lezlee Mummah, RN, supervisor, Brookline Manor; Nichole Kerlin, RN, Family Health Practice, Laura Shay, PHRN, Port Royal, EMS; Alice Gray, RN MS; Kimberly Stuck, RN MS, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing instructor; Mindy Phillips, RN, MCAST medical instructor; Shelly Royer, MCAST Future Careers instructor.

¯Approved the following extracurricular positions: Aaron Himes, band director, Tuscarora Junior High School, $1,875; Lauren Maguire, softball coach, East Juniata High School, $2,590; Wes Diehl, assistant softball coach, East Juniata High School, $2,220; Justin Martin, baseball coach, East Juniata High School $2,590; Travis Quici, girls’ basketball coach, East Juniata High School, $4,000; Denis Leister, assistant girls’ basketball coach, East Juniata High School, $3,300; Adam Barrick, wrestling coach, Tuscarora Junior High School, $1,650; Neal Wolfe and Len Maguire as East Juniata High School game personnel.

¯Approved the following volunteer extracurricular positions for the 2018-19 school year: Brian Robinson, girls’ basketball coach, East Juniata High School, Matt Ritzman, girls’ basketball coach, East Juniata High School; Cory Fronk, junior high boys’ soccer coach, East Juniata High School; Andy Baker, girls’ basketball coach, Juniata High School and Tuscarora Junior High School.

¯Authorized administration to proceed with pursuing establishing archery and competitive shooting as extracurricular activity offerings.

¯Approved Eric Wolfgang as Juniata County School District Board of Directors candidate for president-elect of the governing board of Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

¯Approved Art Levinowitz as the Juniata county School District Board of directors candidate for vice president of the governing board of Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

¯Approved William LaCoff, Dr. Richard Frerichs and Nathan Mains as Juniata County School District Board of Directors candidates for trustee positions on the Pennsylvania School Board Association Insurance Trust Board.

¯Approved Dan Hill as Juniata County School District Board of Directors candidate for section 6 adviser for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

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