Superintendent reorganizes staff, proposes policy

Admin changes set to take effect Monday

MIFFLINTOWN–Some administrators at Juniata County School District will be placed in new positions after the school’s board of

directors approved a staff realignment during a special meeting Wednesday.

The board approved a recommendation made by interim Superintendent Shawn Kovac that eliminated two positions — the directors of elementary and secondary education — and added one position, an assistant principal at Juniata Elementary School.

Kovac said in an email message that he expects the new administration structure to run more smoothly than in its current format.

“As our restructuring is to a great degree structural, in that the principals and assistant principals will not have to ‘rotate’ every so many days, we anticipate a greater stability and continuity within the administration team. Thus, we expect this to help the teachers and students set into new routines within their new buildings. Additionally, with the addition of a full time assistant principal at Juniata Elementary School, the students will have two full time administrators to help them with their needs,” he said.

Kovac said the administrative restructuring is budget neutral for the 2019-20 school year and that adding the assistant principal position was offset by savings in other areas.

According to information provided by the school district, effective Monday, Christie Holderman — who currently holds the position of director of elementary education — will be assigned to the position of assistant superintendent for operations and curriculum and instruction.

Kovac said that Ed Apple — the director of secondary education — has not been assigned to another position in the district.

Valerie Ricedorf will continue to serve as principal of East Juniata Elementary School. An assistant principal has not yet been assigned.

At Juniata Elementary School, Clint Mitchell will continue to serve as principal. The district is seeking to hire an assistant principal for Juniata Elementary School. A search is in progress.

Dave Portzline will continue to serve as elementary dean of students for East Juniata and Juniata elementary schools.

Wendy Varner will continue to serve as principal at East Juniata High School. An assistant principal has not yet been assigned for East Juniata High School.

Ben Fausey will continue to serve as principal at Juniata High School.

Aaron Bennett will continue to serve as principal of Tuscarora Junior High School.

Andy Kinzer will continue to serve as assistant principal of both Juniata High School and Tuscarora Junior High School.

Travis Quici will serve as secondary dean of students and athletic director for East Juniata High School, Juniata High School and Tuscarora Junior High School.

A Juniata County School District cyber school principal is to be determined.

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