PTSB approves textbooks, retirementss

Published May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm (Updated May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm)

With the 2012-13 school year winding down, the Peters Township School Board began to prepare for the 2013-14 school year May 20 by approving a host of text books and by passing the tentative budget.

Books ranging from high school mathematics to kindergarten social studies were approved, contingent upon the board passing the final curriculum budget June 24. The tentative curriculum budget of $352,024 was passed unanimously May 20.

All of the proposed textbooks are on public display in the administration building.

The district will move to a four-day, extended-hour work week beginning June 17 that will run through Aug. 2. As a result, the board modified acting superintendent Joseph Dimperio’s contact to reflect the change. Dimperio is working on a per diem basis until a new superintendent is hired. He has been working in the district at $500 a day without benefits since the departure of previous superintendent Nina Zetty, who resigned to take a similar position Dec. 1 in the Gateway Area School District. The board is currently in the process of interviewing applicants for the superintendent’s position and previously announced it hoped to have a new superintendent in place by the start of the 2013-14 school year.

The board unanimously accepted retirements, all effective at the end of the current school year, for Joseph Maize, driver education teacher at the high school; Donna Fox, high school and McMurray Elementary School music teacher; and Patricia Chastel, high school German teacher.

The board also approved the early return from leave for Megan Mongillo, fifth grade teacher at McMurray Elementary. She will return Aug. 19, earlier than the planned return in August of 2014.

The board also approved numerous requests for educational programs and student fund raising activities, including three car washes and one car smash. The car washes and smash approvals are subject to insurance verification and a list of individuals overseeing the events.

Approvals for salaries for event security during athletic and non-athletic events, along with payment to those collecting admissions to events, was tabled for additional information. Officials’ event fees were also tabled.

Next regular meeting is at 7:30 p.m. June 24, when the final 2013-14 school budget is to be adopted.

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