Tunkhannock Area School Board gave its OK Thursday night to a shakeup of its administrative team, a year before a consolidation of its buildings is to take place. Todd Bosscher, presently asst. high school principal, becomes high school principal, replacing Greg Ellsworth, who becomes director of the school’s career and technology programs.
Superintendent Heather McPherson said the individuals were all hires from within the district and reflect a change in instructional emphasis to go along with the closures of three elementary schools at the end of the 2017-18 school year with students from their service areas moving to Tunkhannock in 2018-19, when across campuses there also will be a realignment of grades.
Under the new structure, Roslund Elementary School (which currently has grades K-4) in Tunkhannock will become a primary center focused on grades K-2.
Tunkhannock Area Middle School (which currently houses grades 5-8) will become an intermediate center for grades 3-7, along with a part of the administrative building being retrofitted for seventh graders, all in time for 2018-19.
Tunkhannock Area High School (which currently houses grades 9-12) will add eighth grade in 2018-19 along with an expanded career and technology center. McPherson said it is the district’s dream that Ellsworth can take what is known as the ‘Red Tile area’ at the high school to the next level. She did not elaborate on exactly what that meant.
In addition to the high school changes for Ellsworth and Bosscher, whose salary will jump $17,000 to $94,266, faculty member Jason Azarovich will become Dean of Students with a $5,000 stipend added to his current salary.
Kelly Carroll, who is presently asst. middle school principal, will become consolidations director at no change in salary.
Faculty member Mary Beth Howell will become special education coordinator across all grades in the school district, with an additional $4,000 stipend.
Named as Dean of Students in the middle school is faculty member Andrew Ulitchney who will receive a $4,000 stipend for the new post. Susan Bugno remains principal of the middle school.
Named as Dean of students across the elementary schools is Summer Frisco. Remaining as principal of Roslund and Mehoopany Elementary Schools is Michelle Knoebel, and remaining as principal of Evans Falls and Mill City Elementary Schools is Kathi Felker.
Appointment of a chief operating officer for the district was tabled until the August meeting
The board also passed a resolution for the appointment of the following head coaches with stated salaries: Jan Cechak (football-$6,995), Mark Stroney (boys soccer-$3,750); Bill Melan (girls soccer-$3,750), Randy White (boys and girls cross country-$2,998), Andrew Neely (boys and girls golf-$2,998), Kelly Fry (girls volleyball-$3,750), Ashley Darby (field hockey-$3,750), and Justin Muthler (girls head tennis-$3,750).
Additional coaching appointments included: Colin Golden (asst. football); Ben Townsley (asst. football); Jim Buchman (asst. football); John Slusark (JH football asst.); Tom Johnson (equipment manager); Bill Bevan (weightlifting); Dan Lukasavage (JH boys and girls soccer); Jillean Weaver (JV field hockey); Christine Swilley (JH eighth grade field hockey); Elizabeth Stackhouse (JH seventh grade field hockey); Kenny Young (JH cross country); and Brittany Wood (varsity football cheerleaders).
The board also:
*gave its approval to accept the resignation of physical education teacher Dean Pettinato,
*approved conference attendances of approve conference attendances of Sarah Rhinard, Debra Johnson, Jackie Shaver, and Michelle Hetzel.
*approved a physician services contract with Dr. Patrick Murray for 2017-18.
*approved intergovernmental agreements for various services;
*approved appointments of local residents to a local advisory committee; and
*approved a resolution to accept a large oil painting of a Tiger from Kitson Art Alliance on behalf of an anonymous donor.
Patrick Robinson was present at the meeting and said the donation would take place during Triton Carnival week.
Board President Phil Farr said the district was grateful for the painting.
The board also gave a first reading to new school policies on admission of students and purchases subject to bid or quotation.
Board member John Burke asked if it would be possible for the board to have a retreat to review the district’s master plan.
No date was set for what was said to not be a public meeting.