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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • School District weighs hiring as staff retires

  • WALLENPAUPACK - In an effort to balance the school budget, Wallenpaupack Administrators continue to consider whether to replace faculty and other staff when someone retires or otherwise leaves the District.
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  •   WALLENPAUPACK - In an effort to balance the school budget, Wallenpaupack Administrators continue to consider whether to replace faculty and other staff when someone retires or otherwise leaves the District.
       Six personnel are retiring this year, said Michael Silsby, Superintendent. He told the School Board, April 14 that each of them did an outstanding job and their retirements are definitely accepted with regret.
      Three of the positions, however, are not being filled, keeping with a trend in the last four years that has seen 45 Wallenpaupack staff positions disappear through attrition. Declining school enrollment and the budget are both factors the Administration must consider.
       Silsby stated that they reached the point where they must replace certain personnel. For the 2014-2015 School Year, the District will need to hire a language teacher at the High School with dual certification in either Spanish/French or French/German. An English teacher will be needed at the High School. A physical education teaching position will be filled but is changing from full to part time.
       In addition, the District will be seeking a new Athletic Director, as the current staff person filling those duties has chosen not to return next year. Silsby said that they must decide whether to advance a staff person from within to fill that role, or to hire from the outside.
       The net effect of positions they are filling or not filling will be a savings to the School District of $381,555, Silsby stated.
       Resignations that were accepted that evening included: Barbara Rinehold, Middle School Cafeteria (effective April 4); Ann Catalano, Middle School Sixth Grade Teacher (at end of current school year); Christine Cerato, North Primary School Health and Physical Education Teacher (at end of current school year) and Ann Lucier, High School Secretary (June 20).
       Enrollment as of April 1, 2014 was 3,289. The total at the start of the school year was 3,363. In June 2013 the enrollment was 3,391; in June 2012, the figure was 3,472.
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