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Curwensville accepts assistant principal's resignation
Friday, October 12, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - Curwensville Area School Board accepted the resignation of its assistant high school principal and hired a replacement at last night's voting work session.
The board accepted the resignation of Jeffrey Putt effective on or before Nov. 21 and hired Paul Hetrick for the position, effective on his release from his employer, Punxsutawney Area School District where he is currently a middle school instructor and assistant athletic director.
Hetrick will be paid a pro-rated annual salary of $65,000.
The board also released, hired and changed the status of several other employees.
Robert Hryn's resignation, as custodian for the school district, was accepted, effective Oct. 2. The board employed Pam Weber, as a part-time personal care aide; Susan Hoover, a 2-hour, part-time cafeteria helper; Sara Gallaher, a 3-hour, part-time cafeteria helper; and Holly Bloom as assistant cheerleading advisor. Weber's, Hoover's and Gallahers employment is effective immediately. Bloom's hiring is retroactive to Sept. 21.
Judy Lenker's employment position was changed from part-time personal care aide to full-time personal care aide, effective immediately.
Board members also extended the contract of Denny Johns, head baseball coach, for an additional three years, effective at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
The board also approved assistant and volunteer coaches for the 2012-13 winter sports season. Those authorized are: boy's basketball, Eric Johnston and Corey Palmer, assistants; and Josh Tkacik, Jim Fleming, Tim Opaliski and Craig Bartlett, volunteers; girl's basketball, Chris McGarry and Dawna Wheeler, assistants; and Tess Bloom, Jerry Bloom, Diane McCracken, Vic Gearhart and Bob Eshelman, volunteers; and wrestling, Mike Bookhammer, Dean Swatsworth and Johnny Sutika, assistants; and Chuck Shaffer, Steve Keller, Aaron Rowles, Tyler Peters, Nick Sipes and Brian Dimmick, volunteers.
During administrative reports, the board heard Curwensville Area Junior-Senior High School was recently selected by U.S. News as a bronze medal finalist in the best high school rankings. Schools across the country were evaluated on a number of criteria including how well they prepared students for college and whether students performed better educationally than statistically expected when compared with students enrolled at high schools across the commonwealth.
William Hayward, high school principal, said, "This honor would not be possible without the support of the community and the board. I also want to thank teachers, our support staff and most of our students. Success does not come through the work of one person but the hard work, dedication and team work of every one (at Curwensville Area Junior-Senior High School)."
Dr. Norman Hatten, district superintendent, noted, "We are very proud, number one, for our students hard work and also of the way in which our teachers and support staff pull together to work with our students. None of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of the community and the board."
Putt, during his report, noted the Fairman Center is open for public use during the school year and requests and ideas for additional activities are currently being accepted for expanded community events.
The hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-10 p.m.; and Saturday 8-10 a.m.
Kenneth, Veihdeffer, elementary principal, reported on two upcoming events. Parents are invited Wednesday to share lunch with Curwensville Elementary School students and Thursday with Penn-Grampian Elementary School students and Penn-Grampian's open house is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Ron Matchock, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, provided copies of information to be sent to high school parents concerning the Keystone Exams. The exams, which will replace the state System of School Assessment tests for 11th grade students, are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate academic proficiency in three subjects. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate aptitude for Algebra I, literature and biology in order to graduate.

The board also considered the following for action at Monday's meeting:
• approving the 2013-16 comprehensive plan for the school district.
• authorizing a letter of support to the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation to be included in its grant application for funding to clean up the former Howe's Leather property at Curwensville.
• approving memorandums of understanding with the Curwensville Borough police department and the state police.
The board will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the administrative offices' conference room.

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