Volunteers needed to fill school board vacancies

Elementary principal intends to retire in August

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

HEGINS – Several changes are going to be taking place in the Tri-Valley School District.
During the October 12 meeting, the board, on a 7-0 vote, accepted the intent to retire from Elementary Principal Gerald Anderson. Directors Karrie Bowman and Curtis Zemencik were absent.
“Thank you for all the support you have given me through the years,” said Anderson, to the administration and board. “I regret to retire, but it’s time. It’s not about the job, but more about me being able to do the job the way I want to do it.”

Anderson, who experienced health problems this year, has been with the district for 17 years. He was first employed as a guidance counselor and then became principal.
The school board will be going through some changes. Resignations from the board were received from Directors Karrie Bowman and Guy Julian. Director Ken Smeltz resigned from the board at the previous month meeting which took effect in October.
Director Bowman resigned so that she could spend more time with her famiily. Julian had to resign because he moved from Region 3 to Region 1. According to Jerry Beaver, board president, Julian could reapply to serve in Region 1.
The vacancies currently on the board include:
Region 1 – Hegins Township East (which includes Hegins Township East of Division Street, and Hubley Township) one vacancy.
Region 3 – Hegins Township West (which includes Hegins Township West of Division Street to the Hubley Township line) two vacancies.
Interested persons should submit a letter of application, which must be received by noon on Thursday, November 3, addressed to Board Secretary, Tri-Valley School District, District Office, 110 W. Main St., Valley View, PA 17983. The letter of application must include the applicant’s address, home, cell and work telephone numbers, and municipality of residence. In addition, a current resume showing related experience and a brief statement of the reasons why the applicant desires to serve as a school director should be included.
In other business, as part of Red Ribbon Week, the Hegins-Hubley PTO is sponsoring a community awareness night Thursday evening, Oct. 27, at the Tri-Valley High School. All members of the community are invited to attend the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. A BMX bike stunt show will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.
The following actions were approved by the board:
• Coaches and salaries for the 2016-17 school year: Robert Felty Sr., head baseball, $3,400; Donald Klinger, assistant baseball, $2,390; Robert McDonald, assistant baseball, $2,500; Marty Shade, head softball, $4,000; Daniel Dietrich Jr., assistant softball, $2,390; Dennis Rabuck, assistant softball, $1,670; and Debra Barry, assistant softball, $1,940.
• Volunteer coaches for the 2016-17 school year: Brent Smith, baseball; Brett Reed, Dale Schnoke and Timothy Specht, all softball.
• The following were added to the substitute teacher list for the 2016-17 school year, pending receipt of clearances: guest teacher Benjamin Ancheff, Cassandra Correll, Alyssa Dinko and Tina Rockwell.

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