Williams returns to Upper Dauphin

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LOYALTON - A familiar face has returned to the Upper Dauphin Area administrative team, while the search continues for the replacement of a new superintendent.

The board of education hired long-time educator Evan Williams as the district's new middle school principal on December 20. Williams replaces Abbey Walshaw-Wertz, who accepted a position as Director of Education for the Shikellamy School District. January 2 was his first day back.

Williams served the Upper Dauphin Area School District as a teacher and administrator from 1986 until 2009 before accepting an assistant superintendent position in the Waynesboro School District.

"We are very happy to welcome him back to the district and wish him much luck and success in his new role," stated Superintendent Paul Caputo, who is exiting UDA to assume the superintendent's post at Southern Columbia.

Williams started his career at UDA in 1986 as an English teacher, becoming the department chairperson in 1988. He served in these dual roles until 2002 when he was hired as a district administrator. Among Williams' administrative duties were coordinating the district's curriculum and instruction efforts, heading its federal programs and serving as an assistant principal for both the high school and middle school. He capped his service to the district as elementary principal from 2006 until 2009.

Williams was hired at an annual pro-rated salary of $85,821.04.

At the UDA school board meeting January 8, Board President John Blyler announced that at least four, prospective superintendent candidates to replace Caputo have been identified and were slated to be invited for interviews with the search committee this week. The top two candidates would then meet with the full board for a final interview, he said.

The board, by a 7-0 vote, also approved a three-year contract with an annual salary of $52,000 for Business Manager Mary K. Bateman. Directors Jack Laudenslager and Anthony Matter were absent.

In other action, the board approved:

- the request for retirement from Robert Hamera to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Blyler thanked Hamera and noted he had 40 years of service to the district.

- Jillian Palamar as a speech and language pathologist at a salary of $46,974.

- Eliminating the employment of Christina Campbell as a personal care aide, effective January 9, 2013 for reasons of the economy.

- Martha Altland for a 50-cent per hour increase for obtaining first aid and CPR training, retroactive to October 18, 2012.

- a request from Jennifer Unverdorben for an additional five days of unpaid leave.

- classified and instructional substitutes.

- the purchase of new softball uniforms.

- program volunteers.

- a request form the 7th grade class for a field trip to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 7:30 a.m to 9 p.m.

- a request from Megan Wallisch for unpaid leave through the first day of the 4th academic marking period.

- committing fund balance amounts of $2,262,222.65 for Capital Projects and $565,555.66 to PSERS Reserve.

- the first reading of 100-level and 200-level policies.

- the purchase of K-12 Sapphire as the district's student information system.

- the high school course selection booklet, noting one quarter credit course would be re-examined to see if it should be listed as a requirement or a highly-recommended elective, or to see if the course could be offered to underclassmen.

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