Two Cocalico School District veteran employees are named to new high-level posts

By on February 24, 2016

 

The Cocalico School Board Monday named two long-time administrators to new central office positions.

Photos by Kimberly Marselas Stephen Melnyk II

Photos by Kimberly Marselas
Stephen Melnyk II

Stephen Melnyk II, currently principal at Cocalico Middle School, will assume the role of assistant to the superintendent for secondary education effective July 1.

Nathan Van Deusen

Nathan Van Deusen

Nathan Van Deusen, principal at Adamstown Elementary School, will serve as assistant to the superintendent for elementary education.

Both positions are part of a restructuring of the district’s central office. Ella Musser, currently assistant to Superintendent Dr. Bruce Sensenig, will take over the top post July 1.

The board voted last year to divide Musser’s existing job into two staff positions for the 2016-17 school year. The district had two assistants until 2014, when former assistant superintendent Dave Davies retired.

Salaries have not been set for any of the new leaders. Sensenig said pay would be decided by the board following annual performance reviews in late spring. Musser’s current salary for overseeing both elementary and secondary programs is $111,910.

Melnyk has spent all but one year of his 17-year career with Cocalico. He has served as principal at the middle school for the last seven years and was an assistant prior to that appointment.

Van Deusen has been with the district for 13 years, 10 of those in administration.

Board President Allen Dissinger said the board interviewed candidates for both new positions during an executive session on Feb. 17.

“They’re now our future dream team,” board member Richard Brenner said of Musser, Melnyk and Van Deusen at Monday’s meeting. “I look forward to their leadership and their vision.”

In other action, the board:

* Accepted bids totaling $1.2 million for a new roof, heating and cooling system and lighting at Reamstown Elementary School.

* Agreed to redeem its series 2011A bonds early. A final, $3-million payment to holders in July will save the district roughly $95,000 versus paying the original interest rate over an additional two years. The district will also save about $110,000 by reissuing its 2011B bonds.

* Approved $234,499 in capital spending, including $74,850 for a new dump truck with snow removal equipment and $6,285 for security cameras at Denver Elementary School.

* Heard from several Reamstown students who participated in the school’s eighth annual science fair on Jan. 21. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can enter collections (divided using scientific classification), while those in grades three, four, and five have the option of presenting experiments. Students tackled such topics as teeth whitening, Lego robot design, and seed growing.

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