Cocalico School Board kicks off new academic year

By on August 23, 2017

The Cocalico School Board completed many housekeeping tasks necessary to begin a new school year. The Monday, Aug. 21, meeting was the first for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Approval was given for the annual contract with PA-Educator, a service used by districts to locate teachers for specific vacancies. Dr. Ella Musser, superintendent, explained that administrators can put in filters to find applicants for subject areas that are difficult to fill, for applicants with a specific grade point average, or other items for which a district is looking.

“Sometimes a search will yield a plethora of applicants, and, with other specific content areas, very few,” said Musser.

This standard application allows teacher applicants to complete one application and indicate in which counties and/or districts they’d like to be considered for vacancies.

Other annual approvals granted included transportation contracts, bus schedules and drivers, parent/student handbooks, attendance by staff personnel at workshops, conferences and in-service programs pending appropriate supervisory approval, special education supplemental contracts, volunteers for sports programs and band, and volunteers’ accident medical insurance.

Supplemental contracts were awarded to Theodore Wolf, junior high wrestling coach; Elizabeth Hannan, junior high assistant field hockey coach; Elizabeth Bonagura, junior high assistant girls soccer coach; David Dunkelberger, varsity head softball coach; Jeffrey Shenk, Adamstown technology coordinator; Katherine Robb, elementary curriculum contact/math and Robbie Trescavage, Quiz Bowl.

Support staff hired, effective the 2017-2018 school year, included: Christina Faust, administrative assistant for the human resources office, Dava Kreider, administrative assistant at Reamstown Elementary, Jared Horst, part-time paraprofessional at Adamstown Elementary, Mylissa Demmy, part-time paraprofessional in the middle school; and Amanda Groff, part-time paraprofessional in technology education. All are filling vacancies where staff resigned or transferred to other positions.

Support staff resignations included: Robin Allen, Mary Rose, Lenora Sturtevant, and April Strepko.

Allen served the district for 11 years and retired. Rose and Sturtevant each served Cocalico School District for seven years and Strepko for one year.

Two child-rearing leaves were approved: Janelle Matz, online learning facilitator, effective Nov. 22, through the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year, and Lindsey Snader, middle school health and physical education teacher, extension through the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year.

The school board appreciated the excellent Extended School Year program presentation by students and staff. A summer camp format is used for elementary and middle school students. High school students benefit from approximately a dozen teachers, a paraprofessional and a job trainer. The purpose of the program, for which students must qualify, is to maintain skills through the summer. The program extends the school year through the month of July.

Allen Dissinger, school board president, announced that Dr. Brian Barnhart, executive director of Intermediate Unit 13, will attend the Sept. 18 school board meeting. Intermediate Unit 13 is comprised of all public schools in the Lebanon-Lancaster area. Barnhart will update the board and others at the meeting about programs and services the intermediate unit offers.

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