Snyder named Adamstown principal

By on June 20, 2018

*In the print edition, this story’s continuation was accidentally and unfortunately omitted. This web edition contains the full article. The Review intends on re-running this story in next week’s edition.

Adamstown Elementary School will have its second new principal in three years.

The Cocalico School Board Monday night promoted current leader Denise Logue to the newly created position of director of academic supports.

Logue, a former special education teacher and reading specialist, will coordinate special education, tutoring, remediation and other interventions across all grade levels.

Filling the vacancy at Adamstown effective July 1 will be Susan Snyder, who has served as a classroom teacher in the Cocalico and Ephrata school districts and was most recently assistant principal at Cocalico Middle School. Snyder is also a graduate of Ephrata High School

In other staff news, the board approved the July 1 resignation of reading director Crystal Loose. Superintendent Ella Musser said Loose has accepted an administrative position with another district. Loose was approved as the new assistant principal of Ephrata Intermediate School.

Loose’s position has been redefined and will be filled by Logue. Cocalico has not had a math director for more than a year.

In other action, the board officially approved its 2018-19 budget.

Musser called the $61.7 million spending plan “fair and responsible.”

It includes a 1.5 percent property tax increase, about half of what the district could have pursued under the state’s 3.1 percent cap.

The owner of a home with the median assessed value of $175,500 will see an $48.49 increase next year. As part of the budget process, the board also approved a new millage rate of 18.6935 mills, a reduction meant to reflect the increased values that came along with a countywide reassessment effort.

Much of the budgetary increase will go toward a previously negotiated teachers’ raise of 3.1 percent; state-mandated employee retirement contributions that will climb by $454,553 next year and $152,856 in additional transportation fees.

“I feel like we had a very thorough analysis of our needs,” Musser said. “We used that as our starting point to look at which of those were real needs, or real needs but for the future…And because of that we were able to slowly, over time, reduce our budget well over $1 million from what we first looked at in March.”

In addition to raising taxes, the district will also use about $3.5 million in committed funds to meet a revenue shortfall of $2.2 million.

Business manager Sherri Stull said the final version also included about $572,000 in additional real estate taxes, due to about $10 million in new assessed home value (not associated with reassessment).

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