School district shifts teachers, replaces others WHS welcomes new assistant principal

By on August 22, 2012

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

Personnel moves occupied most of the board of directors agenda Tuesday, as the Warwick School District administration made significant moves to restructure elementary schools and officially hire dozens of employees before the 2012-13 school year opens.

Most of the hiring moves were made to replace exiting teachers, especially in the elementary sector.

"We had seven resignations or retirements (last year)," said Superintendent Dr. April Hershey after the meeting. "We just had to move people around."

During the normally passive "transfers and change of status" portion of the agenda, the board approved 17 moves on the elementary level. Second grade Lititz Elementary teacher Jill Sturgis will move to the third grade at John R. Bonfield. Diana Delmotte will stay at Bonfield, but move from second to first grade. These two join other full- and part-time teachers shifting responsibilities. The board also needed to move to fill 12 resignations under non-instructional personnel, including food and nutrition services assistants, learning support assistants and athletic coaches.

Local actress Allison Fund resigned as fall assistant drama director at the high school.

The board elected 18 people to non-instructional positions, the most significant being Thomas Gallagher as programmer for the district.

"At this time of year we have a lot of personnel issues that come our way," Hershey said. "We did not replace a lot of positions, that is why you see all this movement."

A new face will grace the high school this year as the board approved the hiring of Sydnor Harrison as assistant principle. Harrison leaves the Central Dauphin School District to come to Warwick and shared his enthusiasm with the board.

"I’d like to say thank you for this opportunity and to tell you how excited I am to be part of the Warwick community and begin our future together," he said.

Harrison was joined at the meeting by Lynn Brubaker, who also addressed the board. Brubaker will join the kindergarten team at Bonfield for half-days as a long-term substitute.

"I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to be part of Warwick," she said.

A new face will be the same face when it comes to athletics. Assistant junior high football coach George Kernisky submitted his resignation earlier this summer, but decided to return for another year. He was unanimously approved by the board. Raymond Costello also joins the Warwick Middle School football program as assistant coach. The board approved the hiring of Katie Vann and Mallary Kamen as senior high assistant girls soccer coaches. On the boys side, Travis Steedle was officially named varsity boys soccer head coach at the high school.

In a move to cut costs, the district decided to "take back" students that planned to attend the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. As part of that plan, Cheryl Large moved to the position of learning support assistant at the middle school. According to school district business manager David Zerbe, the "take back" plan will save the district $7,000 annually.

In other news, board member Darryl Miller readdressed the sinkhole that tore open the synthetic football field earlier this summer and reported preliminary repair estimates to total $127,000. He also stated he expects insurance to cover about $87,000 of the repair costs.

A late addition to the board’s agenda approved the donation of an Apple iPad for the middle school gifted program from Gradient Engineering. The Lititz-based company specializes in advanced computer technology systems assisting businesses focused on architecture, analysis, design and engineering.

Dr. Hershey unveiled the new Warwick School District calendar. The calendar was created completely "in-house" with the assistance of district staff and Special Assistant to the Superintendent and Public Relations Coordinator Lori Zimmerman.

Being summer, many of the board’s ancillary committees did not meet. However, the Student Activities Committee, chaired by board member Todd Rucci, proposed two special use of facility requests for district fields. The recommendations were unanimously approved.

The first official board meeting of the 2012-13 school year will take place Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the district office. More SCHOOL BOARD, page A18

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