School board approves new administrators at Cocalico

By on April 17, 2013

By: LUCY RICCOMINI Review Staff, Staff Writer

Cocalico School Board approved three new administrators for the district during its April 15 meeting.

Anthony DiMatteo will replace Whitney Seltzer as assistant high school principal, who was reassigned to athletic director.

Crystal Loose was also approved as the assistant elementary principal and reading supervisor, while Scott Bennetch will serve as the district’s director of mathematics.

"We’re very excited about this position," said superintendent Bruce Sensenig in regards to Bennetch.

"It’s really a role that’s going to bridge what happens with the classrooms and teachers and what happens with the administration."

The position also compliments the new mathematics program that Cocalico recently implemented.

A ninth-grade transition presentation was given by high school principal Chris Irvine and Spanish teacher Laura Rettew. The purpose of the program is to make for smoother transitions for ninth graders and keep an open dialogue between parents, students and teachers.

"Most students found that the program was helpful and we received great feedback from teachers," said Rettew.

Secretary Sheri Stull gave the treasure’s report. As of March 1, the balance was $15,261,444.83. Total receipts were $2,449,474.74. Expenditures reached $4,792,345.66 for an ending balance of $12,920,148.91 as of March 31.

The board also approved to terminate the Lancaster-Lebanon joint purchasing board.

"Because of the ever-changing environment of joint purchasing and their restrictive budget environment for school districts, the IU consulted with the districts," said Stull. "We decided that we needed to form a task force to look at this to see if we were getting the best pricing."

Cocalico will eliminate the joint purchasing board and operate under an IU 13 collaborative services environment, ultimately saving the district money. The district was paying a flat fee no matter how much they used the services of joint purchasing.

Dr. Tim Zimmerman recognized Lancaster County Career and Technology students Josiah Moyer, Abby Sauder and Nicholas Keffer who all won awards at the SkillsUSA State Competition. The three students will move on to a competition held in Kansas City.

Dr. Sensenig also took a moment to mention Meagan Weinhold who was chosen to participate in the All-State Chorus in Erie.

The board also approved the following:

? Invoices in the amount of $500,667.02;

? Capital Project Fund Account Register of $2,259.74, which were fees to Denver Borough and AEM;

? Bids in the amount of $21,846.99 for school supplies and $7,270.07 for janitorial and equipment supplies;

? Removal of unused or unnecessary property and equipment;

? Lancaster Lebanon IU 13 budget for the 2013-2014 school year, which remains about the same as last year;

? Agreement and release regarding the placement of a child eligible for special education purposes;

? Special education supplemental contracts for the 2012-2013 school year;

? Resignation of Stacey McCreary, high school counseling office administrative assistant;

? Approval of Regina Naumann for high school counseling office administrative assistant;

? Supplemental contracts for Todd Snyder and Ann Ginder; and

? Volunteer coaches for sports programs and substitute teachers for continuous employment.

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