Seltzer named athletic director

By on March 20, 2013

By: LUCY RICCOMINI & TODD RUTH Review Staff, Staff Writer

Whitney Seltzer

Cocalico didn’t have to look long and hard to find a replacement for athletic director Audrey Stoner, whose retirement was approved at the March 18 school board meeting.

Turns out, Stoner’s replacement was right within its four walls all along.

Whitney Seltzer, who has spent the last 11 years as an assistant principal in the high school, will take over Stoner’s duties at the end of this current school year. The news was confirmed by superintendent Dr. Bruce Sensenig, who said the role was being tweaked and will now be an administrative position with Seltzer still maintaining some principal duties in addition to her new athletic responsibilities.

A fourth administrator position will be created to help fill in the void, Sensenig confirmed.

Seltzer, reached Tuesday night, said she was thrilled for the opportunity and looked forward to the challenge.

"I am definitely honored and thrilled that Dr. Sensenig feels it’s a good fit for me to be able to have those responsibilities and the capabilities of this position," she said. "As soon as I found out he was thinking about making it an administrative position, I immediately contacted him and said, ‘I’m really interested in discussing this further with you.’ It kind of went from there, and he thought with my background that it would be a good fit."

A graduate of Governor Mifflin and West Chester University, Seltzer certainly is no stranger to athletics. An accomplished track athlete and the daughter of legendary Berks County track coach Don Seltzer, Whitney has been competing in the sport since the age of five.

Prior to coming to Cocalico, she taught for 17 years in the Oley Valley School District where she served as cross country and track coach, and has also spent some time coaching at Albright College.

"I been involved in track clubs all my life, so it’s kind of been in my blood," she said.

While her hiring wasn’t announced until this week, Seltzer said she had already begun the transition process, "shadowing" Stoner the last few months when she’s had some free time.

"I am extremely excited to begin my new position and Audrey has been wonderful ‘walking me through’ every aspect of her job," Seltzer said. "She is a wealth of knowledge and I am trying to capture everything she knows prior to her retiring this summer.

"She has been so helpful. I keep saying to her, everything she does, it’s done so smoothly and relaxed. Granted, she’s done it for years, but I can only hope that at some point I can make it look as effortless as she does. I’m just excited to get going."

In other news, the board also approved a facility and land use planning study to be conducted by AEM Architects. The study assists the district in making long-range plans for renovations. Though there is currently nothing in the works, the plan provides details on the land if future projects arise.

Members of CREW (Creating Respect in Everyone’s World), the new advisory program at the middle school, introduced themselves to the school board on March 18. Under the direction of the staff, the program focuses on smaller groups with lessons in building community, getting to know one another, problem solving, and creating spirit. CREW was recently recognized for its involvement in Cocalico Middle School’s first Mini-THON, which raised over $25,000.

The board also approved invoices in the amount of $671,684.87 and budgetary transfers for the 2012 and 2013 and Capital Fund Account Register in the amount of $258, 499.73.

A one-year contract with Hess Bulk Fuel as well as admittance of applications for state and federal grants for the 2013 and 2014 school year were approved.

In addition to Stoner’s retirement, James Kreider, high school technology education teacher also was approved for retirement.

Elizabeth Bonagura, special education middle school teacher was approved for child rearing leave.

The new full-time licensed nurse, Bethany Davidson will begin at the district effective March 18, 2013.

The board also approved sport event workers and substitute teachers for continued employment. The meeting concluded with the IU 13, career and technology report, and federal and special education program, and superintendent’s report. More SELTZER, page A20

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