Montoursville takes action on staffing

The Montoursville Area School Board took care of personnel business and other agenda items during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Personnel action included hirings, a resignation and the shuffling of staff to different positions.

The board approved the following change of teaching positions: Steven Tressler and Daniel Tucker from science to ag & science and Paige Pietrangelo from language arts to high school English.

School directors approved the hirings of Morgan Fenstermacher as science teacher and Hannah Ostrander as chemistry teacher. Each will earn annual starting salaries of $45,330.

The board approved the resignation of English teacher Alicia Betz as well as Patricia Shaffer and Eugene Kurtz, members of the support staff.

Hired to support staff positions, each at an hourly rate of $11.20, were Kevin Carl, Stephanie Pickering, Kristin DeTato and Tricia Moser.

The following were hired to athletic coaching positions: Olivia Erb, assistant coach, girls soccer, $1,900; Bryan Pauling, head coach, boys soccer, $3,200; Caleb McCombie, assistant coach, boys soccer, $1,900; and Erin McMurray, assistant coach, cross country, $1,900.

The board agreed to attain quotes for a new water heater system for Lyter Elementary School.

District officials noted that the existing water heater is in bad need of replacement.

Concerns about a busing issue were brought to school directors’ attention.

A couple told the board it’s unsafe for their three young children, enrolled at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, to make the long walk along Green Hollow Road in Upper Fairfield Township from home to the bus stop.

Brett Wilson approached the board about starting a fishing club for students.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our kids,” he said.

The goal, he said, is to create fishing clubs in at least eight different school districts in the state.

That would allow the clubs to be sanctioned, opening the way for college scholarships for fishing.

The club would come at no cost to the district, he noted.

The board met in executive session prior to the meeting to consider personnel and other issues.