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Insinger’s contract questioned with future of HS sports hazy

Members of the Loyalsock Township School Board, earlier this week, discussed how to handle a recommendation to extend a contract with Ronald Insinger, the district’s athletic director, for the upcoming school year factoring in the uncertainty of school sports during the pandemic.

One board member questioned what happens if there are no sports in the fall or even beyond. At one point in the meeting it had been noted that the PIAA had not made a definitive ruling on the issue and that the district was monitoring the situation.

Christopher Kenyon, board solicitor, said that a “force majeur” clause could be added to the contract which would take into account any unforeseeable circumstances which prevent the contract from being fulfilled, such as the pandemic.

With the addition of that clause, the contract could be renegotiated in the event sports are canceled.

In the middle of the discussion on whether or not to extend Insinger’s contract, with or without the clause, Paul Young II, board president, told the board that he was not in favor of renewing the contract with Insinger at all and that he felt the district should be going in a different direction.

When the final vote came, two board members, Young and Christina Kiessling voted no to renewing the contract at all and Carolyn Strickland voted no to adding the clause, but approving the renewal of the contract. Board members voting in favor of renewing the contract with the clause and giving Insinger a 2.5 percent increase in his salary were: Charles Edmonds, Robert Leidhecker, John Raymond, Melvin Wentzel and Michael Zicolello. Valerie Komarnicki was absent.

Insinger’s salary for the 2020-21 school year will now be $47,924 with the increase.

In other business, the board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Bloomsburg University. The purpose of the MOU is to provide tuition reduction for high school students enrolled in college courses.

Under personnel items, the board acknowledged the resignations of Dan Frycklund, bus and van driver and Char Colley, food service employee.

They also approved the lists for hiring event staff, school bus and van drivers, crossing guards and traffic control personnel, non-teaching substitutes and food service personnel and the rates for these personnel.

An addendum to the substitute staff placement agreement with ESS Northeast, LLC, New Jersey was approved to include providing substitute nursing staff.

A salary adjustment for Tyler Potts, staff account, was approved for the 2020-21 school year. The adjustment raises his salary from $39,727 to $45,700 retroactive to July 1, 2020.

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