The following personnel items and other actions were among those approved at the June Wallenpaupack School Board meeting.

WALLENPAUPACK - The following personnel items and other actions were among those approved at the June Wallenpaupack School Board meeting.

Two resignations were accepted, with regret:
Marissa Pulcini,  School District Speech Pathologist
Theresa Santitoro, North Primary School part-time cafeteria The following substitutes were appointed:
Katelyn Gibbs, Special Education
Jennette Capo, Teacher Assistant & Cafeteria
Billie Carbone, Teacher Assistant
Karoline Gumble, Secretary, Teacher Assistant, Cafeteria, Custodian
Lucas Helms, Custodian
Carole Spanton, Teacher Assistant & Cafeteria
Michael Wargo, Teacher Assistant & Custodian. Jamel Blanding and Kelly Mariani were approved as guest teachers.

These long-term substitute appointments were approved:
Christina Brislin, for Emily Caccavale, High School Guidance Counselor
Jared Hayden, as a High School Social Studies Teacher
Caleb Vogler, for Ashley Liptak, High School Social Studies Teacher
Sarah Simpson, for Caroline Lodewks, High School Teacher Assistant.

These appointments were approved for the 2018-2019 school year:
James Bryan, North Primary 2nd grade Teacher
Samantha David, High School Special Education Teacher
Brittany Davis, Middle School Special Education Teacher (part time)
Nicole Delevan, North Primary School Special Education Teacher
Tanya Hohfeler, Middle School Special Education teacher
Victoria Waldron, Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Millicent Wightman, Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Krystyne Anderson, South Elementary School Secretary
Linda Calabro, North Intermediate School Secretary
Kimberlee Hearn, South Elementary School Secretary
Cathy Jo McElroy, Middle School Teacher Assistant
Amanda Olving-Chapman, District Office Secretary
Kelly Mullins, District Speech Pathologist. Marilyn Tehran was approved as a van driver.

Emily Caccavale was approved for child rearing leave for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year

Pay rates for certified substitutes were set at $105.00 per day and $63.00 per half day.

Pay rates for guest teacher substitutes were set at $95.00 per day and $57.00 per half day.

Pay rate for substitute registered nurses was set at $20.60/hour.

Hourly pay rates for substitute support personnel were set: cafeteria, $8.30; custodian, $10.00; teacher assistant, $8.42; secretary, $8.76.

The student worker rate was set at $7.50/hour.

Traffic control rate was set at $15.50.

District employee bus driver pay was set at $19.88.

School police pay rates were set at $21.00/hour with a minimum of $56.00 per activity for school police at district functions.

Also discussed:

Act 48 staff development training has begun, now that the 2017-2018 school year is behind them, Assistant Superintendent Keith Gunuskey discussed. He said there were at least 37 activities happening each day that week, for staff.

Dr. Jay Starnes discussed how the district is meeting the changing requirements of the PA Department of Education, in regards to assessing student performance. “We’re very happy that the state has listened to our requests to start evaluating some measure of success beyond the standardized tests,” he said.

A summary was given on what schools will be graded on, in the future. The state has created a “Future Ready PA Index” which is described as “a comprehensive, public-facing school progress report that includes a wide rang of meaningful, evidence-based indicators.”

Mini-grants for the district Breakfast Program were approved, $3,800 for the Middle School and $4,200 for the North Intermediate School. The funds will help to expand on the number of students that can take advantage of the program. Brenda Zeiler applied for the funds.

Superintendent Silsby thanked all who participated in the graduation ceremony, June 15. Held outside under fine weather, commencement went very well, he noted. A lot goes on behind the scenes, he said. “It’s the highlight of the year when we see our students walk across that stage after having accomplished all these great accomplishments over the years,” Silsby said.

The 2017-2018 school year finished with an enrollment of 3,015, matching June of 2017. The senior class had 260 graduates.

Two newly graduated alumni, Mason Clark and Stephen Kober, were back to be recognized by the school board for academic excellence and good use of extracurricular opportunities. They were slated to be honored as seniors but scheduling conflicts occurred.

For more information on the school board meeting agenda visit www.wallenpaupack.org. Under Board of Education, select “Board Docs.”

The next WASD school board meeting is set for Monday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m.