Montoursville Board takes no action on administrative job

Montoursville Area School Board took no action on creating a new administrative position in the district after several people questioned the need for the job during the virtual meeting this week.

The establishment of the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and communication appeared as an agenda item.

However, following a brief discussion by the board, it was agreed to postpone a vote on the matter.

A few residents spoke out against a possible hiring.

“The public should not be burdened with the expense of creating another position,” Brenda Oberheim told the board.

Another resident said the district does not need someone to market the district. Rather, it needs a district coordinator.

In other action, the board approved an increase in pay for substitute teachers.

Under the new pay rates, regular substitutes and guest teachers will be paid s maximum of $125 per day, an increase from $90 per day.

Retired Montoursville teachers working as substitutes will earn a maximum of $150 per day, up from $90 per day.

Exclusive substitutes will be paid $135 a day, up from $100, plus a nominal bonus per semester and health insurance benefits.

Superintendent Christina Bason said the higher pay rates are not the ultimate solution for the district’s substitute teaching shortages.

“This helps us move forward,” she said. “This will keep us in the flow of what everyone else is doing.”

Board president Dave Shimmel said the new rates are competitive with what other districts are paying substitutes.

In personnel action, the board approved the following teachers to professional employee contracts: Amanda Walter, high school biology, Andrea Burleigh and Christopher Morgan, middle school music.

Each has completed three years of satisfactory service under a temporary professional contract.

The board approved a position change for Sebastian Peipher form lead network administrator to director of technology at a salary of $78,000.

The resignation of Dan Taormina as district wide technology coordinator was approved.

The following people were approved for coaching positions:

• Mark Mussina, head boys basketball, $3,900.

• Marissa Hall, assistant girls basketball, $1,900.

• Cameron Ott, assistant football, $3,000.

• Jeremy Eck, assistant football, $3,000.

• Mike Heinbach, assistant junior varsity basketball, $3,200.

• Jessica Cole, assistant junior varsity cheerleading, $2,500.

• Amanda Walter, assistant girls soccer, $1,900.

• Thomas George, assistant softball, $2,000.


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