Montoursville hires assistant principal, athletic director

Personnel moves, including the hiring of an assistant principal and an athletic director, highlighted action at the Montoursville Area School Board meeting Tuesday night.

Dr. Amy Breon was approved as assistant elementary principal at a salary of $80,000.

The position has been vacant for the past few years.

The vote to hire Breon was 5-3.

Voting yes were Susan Beery, Robert Logue, Dottie Mathers, Dave Shimmel, and Ron Snell. Voting no were William Ruffing, Scott Konkle and Daniel Albert.

Ruffing said he felt the district should have hired someone from within the district for the position.

“My vote no is nothing against Amy Breon,” he said.

Konkle agreed that someone from within the district should have been hired.

“I support our local staff,” he said.

The board voted 8-0 to hire Steven Alexander as athletic director and physical education teacher at a salary of $57,834. Alexander has served most recently as the Jersey Shore Area School District athletic director.

Voting yes were Albert, Beery, Konkle, Logue, Mathers, Ruffing, Shimmel, and Snell.

In other personnel matters, the board approved the promotion of Curtis Myers from middle school assistant principal to middle school principal for the upcoming school year. Myers will be paid an annual salary of $87,000.

The board also approved the hiring of Amber Baxter as an elementary teacher as a salary of $45,330 and the resignation of Kevin Werkmeister as boys head soccer coach.

Patrick Quick was hired by the board as a paraprofessional at $11.20 per hour. He replaces Connie Dubiel, who resigned.

The board approved the purchase of a truck from New Holland Auto Group, New Holland, at a cost of $33,900.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Approved an agreement between the district and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for the Alice M. Snyder Scholarship.

• Approved an agreement between the district and Nittany Learning Services.

• Met in executive session prior to the regular meeting to consider personnel issues.