Familiar faces leaving school district Dr. Montgomery among retirees

By on February 22, 2012

By: MICHAEL C. UPTON Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

A few familiar faces will be leaving Warwick School District in the near future. On Tuesday, the school board approved the retirement of Dr. Peggy Montgomery, principal at Bonfield Elementary School, and the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Keith Floyd.

"We would just like to express our thanks and appreciation for those who are retiring and to those who are moving on to new adventures. We just want to say thank you for all of your years of service," said Superintendent Dr. April Hershey.

Montgomery became principal of the elementary school in 1998. Her first position in education was at Warwick Middle School as a math teacher. Her retirement is effective Aug. 31.

Floyd has served the district as assistant superintendent for elementary education since 2010. Prior to his current position, he was the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment since he began with Warwick in 2006. He will depart March 12 for a position with a school district in Montgomery County.

"It’s kind of bittersweet," he said after the meeting. "I’ve been at Warwick now for over six years and it feels like home. It was one of those situations where, like my father would tell me, when opportunity knocks … explore it. I’ve been honored to be at Warwick for the last six years. Now for a new adventure."

Jo Anne McClain, long-time executive assistant to the superintendent and school board secretary, has announced her retirement, effective Aug. 31.

The district also filled the position vacated by the retirement of Curt Morris. Paul Castellitto, who had been temporarily filling the position, will now serve as a full-time social studies teacher at the high school effective Feb. 22.

"I just wanted to thank everybody for the opportunity. I realize it is a privilege and an honor to work in the Warwick School District," said Castellitto. "We have three sons in John Beck, and living in Lititz I realize it is a great opportunity and great responsibility."

In the Warwick sports arena, Katie Vann was approved as the new head track and field coach for the high school. She is replacing Scott Rathkey. For more on this change, see Bruce Morgan’s feature in this week’s sports section.

In all, the school board approved 13 retirements, six resignations, and three elections.

In other news, the board approved the 2012/13 school year calendar. Students will start on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with kindergartners reporting Friday, Sept. 7.

"Really, the only difference for next year is that we have added one snow day on March 8 (2013). If indeed we would have to make up a day on March 8 that in-service day would bump to the end of the year," said Hershey.

Barring any snow make-up days adding to the calendar, the last day of school in 2013 is Monday, June 10. Kindergarten ends Friday, June 7.

The board approved the donation of a portable emission analyzer from the ECOM America company. The state-of-the-art unit is valued at $5,000 and measures everything from oxygen levels to ambient temperature.

"This piece of equipment is for science," said Hershey. "Students can use (the ECOM EN2) for experiments."

The board also announced the next planned committee of the whole meeting will be the second in the district’s series of public forums, to be held on March 6 in the middle school auditorium at 7 p.m.

"The focus for this forum is the budget," said Hershey. "First, we’ll be speaking about the governor’s budget and what implications that has for us as a school district. In addition to that, we will be talking about other mandates and what that does to us and how that kind of thing makes things inflexible for us. We’ll be talking about our specific budget and where we were at the preliminary budget and where we are to-date with some of the reductions that we made at this point. We’ll be talking about strategies for moving forward."

During the meting there will be a method for audience input and a question and answer period. The forum will last between an hour and 90 minutes, said Hershey.

"Tell your friends. Tell people to come," said board president Dr. Timothy Quinn. "We’re going to talk about budget. We’ll present a lot of information. There are a lot of things to talk about, a lot of things to think about. This is the time of year when we really start putting the pedal to the metal here and start making some decisions and getting a lot of discussion in. If you have the chance, come on out." ? March 6 – Budget

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? Sept. 5 – First day

of school for 2012/13 More SCHOOL BOARD, page A3