PTSD hires Director of Instructional Technology

Published Oct 2, 2013 at 6:52 am (Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm)

During a brief special meeting Sept. 30, the Peters Township School Board unanimously hired Adam Swinchock as the director of instructional technology to replace Patrick Maloy. Board member Sandra Gregg was absent.

No start date for Swinchock was announced. His salary will be $70,000 annually.

The board also unanimously approved network training for Patrick Degnan. The network technician will attend training for Alcatel-Lucent, OmniAccess WLAN R6 system in early November at a cost of $3,682 at the Dagostino Electronic Services in Pittsburgh. When questioned by board member William Merrell as to why the training was so expensive, superintendent Jeannine French said the cost will cover only the training with Degnan commuting by trolley. The cost does not cover the price of meals.

French told the board the district hopes to increase its wireless footprint and needs an in-house technician to save money. With Degnan trained, the district will no longer have to contract out for repairs. Plus, French said, the district could “hire him out” to other districts.

The board approved a memorandum of understanding between Degnan and the district that would ensure he reimburse the district should he leaves to take another job.

Also approved was the hiring of Donald Maers as the part-time parking lot attendant at the high school, effective Oct. 2, at a salary of $10 per hour.

The resignation of Ellysia Middleton, a custodian at the middle school, was approved effective Sept. 24, as was the resignation of Diane Pierrard, cafeteria and food service, effective Oct. 3.

Approved was a contract between Pittsburgh Technical Institute and the district to accept PTI students from the program into internships of 12-week sessions at no cost to the district.

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