Southeastern Greene accepts retirements

December 3, 2012

MAPLETOWN – Southeastern Greene School Board accepted the retirements of four district employees with more than 120 years of combined service to the district. Rosemary Sarapa, Bobtown Elementary School secretary; Patricia Williamson, second grade teacher; Marian C. Franks, third grade teacher; and Christine Spiker, fourth grade teacher, will retire, effective June 30.

“I would like to thank them for their years and years of service to this district,” said board member Janet Pennington. “They will be very much missed.”

In other personnel related matters, the board approved hiring Michael Shepard for the after-school tutoring program at a salary of $21 per hour, Samantha Matyasovsky as a professional substitute and Benna Shilk as a kindergarten teacher. It also approved the hiring of Jennifer Wagner and Lisa Uphold as paraprofessionals.

Under extra-curricular and athletic activities, the board agreed to purchase 48 folding chairs and accessories at a cost not to exceed $5,000. The chairs will be used in the gymnasium for athletic events, graduation and professional development-related events.

It also gave approval to hire a webmaster for the district at a salary of $1,000.

A motion to hire Brian Lewandowsky as the varsity head baseball coach at a salary of $4,175 passed by a 5-4 vote with Leonard Novak, Joseph Spiker, Ginny Eberhart, and Tom Howard voting against the motion.

The board approved Thomas Fink as the varsity assistant baseball coach at a salary of $1,650.

Eric Sowden, Kyle Grey and Jeffrey Cree were accepted as volunteer wrestling coaches.

Corey Spanovich was hired as the assistant junior high boys’ basketball coach and Sam Spanovich as a volunteer assistant junior high boys’ basketball coach.

Concerning building and grounds, the board approved a service agreement with JMD Corporation for inspection and tune-ups of the HVAC and refrigeration systems at Bobtown Elementary School, Penn Pitt School and Mapletown Junior Senior High School. The combined cost of the contract is $4,788.

Under technology, Eberhart made a motion to create an annual stipend of $1,000 in support of the elementary science fair, noting the success of the event each year. The board approved the motion.

Prior to holding its December meeting Monday evening, the board reorganized. Leonard Novak was renamed president. Janet Pennington was named vice-president, and J.R. Antill as the representative to the PSBA Legislative Policy Council.

The board will continue to meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mapletown Jr. Sr. High School Cafeteria. The next board meeting will take place Jan. 28.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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