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School district approves personnel issues

June 20, 2011

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this month’s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved a 2.5 percent increase for support staff, excluding cafeteria staff, for the 2011-12 school year.
Two resignations were approved: Thomas Moore of St. Marys as the librarian at South St. Marys Street Elementary, effective June 9; and Benita Taylor of St. Marys as a teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School, effective June 30.
Also resigning is Jessica Krug of St. Marys as a facilitator at the high school, effective June 3.
One leave of absence was approved.
The following support personnel were hired:
• Katherina Bierbower of Erie was hired as a special education teacher at S. St. Marys Street Elementary, effective Aug. 22, 2011. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Gannon University and is certified in special education and elementary education.
• Meghan Glenn of Clarion was hired as a special education teacher at St. Marys Area High School, effective Aug. 22. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Slippery Rock University and is certified in special education, elementary education, mid-level mathematics and mid-level language arts.
• Johanna Schmidt of Cresson was hired as an English teacher at St. Marys Area High School, effective Aug. 22. She holds a bachelor of education degree in education and is certified in English, communications and Spanish.
• Dana Smith of St. Marys was hired as an English teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School effective, Aug. 22. She holds a masters degree in English composition from Slippery Rock University and is certified in secondary English.
The board also approved the following personnel for next year, including Stacey Brem as a special education teacher and Dawn McGrath, Michelle Holsopple and Kelly Hutchins as personal care assistants. Supplemental contracts were awarded to:
Ann Defilippi as musical choreographer at a rate of $1,021, as color guard adviser at a rate of $856 and as media co-advisor at a rate of $1,448.
Tony Defillippi as first assistant football coach at a rate of $3,234.
Leona Hoohuli as head girls' basketball coach at a rate of $3,886.
Mike Kunes as weight room supervisor at a rate of $7.25/hour and as second assistant football coach at a rate of $1,764.
James McGonnell as first assistant football coach at a rate of $2,188.
Resignations for supplemental contracts were approved for Jennifer Breindel and Jessica Krug of St. Marys as HOSA advisors, effective June 3.
The following professional substitute personnel were hired:
• Christopher Betta of Weedville as a substitute teacher, effective May 18, in all district buildings. He holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Clarion University and is certified in secondary mathematics.
• Travis Reed of St. Marys was hired as a substitute teacher, effective May 18, in all district buildings. He holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Clarion University and is certified in Earth and space science.

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