Cocalico board approves Testa, Logue as new principals

By on March 23, 2016

Cocalico School District will have two new principals next school year, following the promotion of several current administrators to central office positions.
Bradley Testa will serve as principal of Cocalico Middle School, where he has been assistant principal for seven years. Denise Logue, currently the district’s K-12 reading director, will take over as principal of Adamstown Elementary School.
The school board approved both appointments, which start July 1, at its Monday, March 21, meeting.

Photos by Kimberly Marselas Bradley Testa

Photos by Kimberly Marselas
Bradley Testa

Testa replaces Stephen Melnyk II, who was appointed assistant to the superintendent for secondary education, while Logue replaces Nathan Van Deusen, who is becoming assistant to the superintendent for elementary education.
All of the reshuffling comes as the district prepares for a new superintendent and a revamped central office structure.

Denise Logue

Denise Logue

Logue said after the meeting that she was excited to take on her first job in administration, following years as a classroom teacher and several director-level roles for Cocalico.
In other action, the board approved payments totaling $113,540 for phone system upgrades at several schools. District officials had OK’d the work earlier this year to provide improved voicemail, announcement and messaging capabilities.
The board also voted to approve a $1.46 million general operating budget and a $815,550 instructional media services budget for the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit. All of the districts served by the IU must approve the spending plans each year. Superintendent Dr. Bruce Sensing explained the operating budget is funded largely by grants and outside funding, while districts each pay a share of the instructional services fund. For Cocalico, that equates to $24,415 for the 2016-17 school year — the same as in 2015-16.
Members also voted to continue a relationship with Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens. The club has served as the high school’s home course for the last two years. Business Manager Sherri Stull said a request for proposals netted only one other bid: Galen Hall offered its facilities for a rate of $2,000 a year for two years.
Instead the district will pay Foxchase $1,600 a year for two years, a $100 increase over the current agreement. The golf course is co-owned by board member Doug Graybill, who abstained from the vote.

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