Szobocsan named new high school principal at WHS

By on July 26, 2016

Axe is promoted, administration shuffles in preparation of upcoming school year

Warwick School District's revamped administrative team includes (left to right) Steven Szobocsan, Kristina Szobocsan, Ryan Axe, Ron Hallett, and Scott Kyper. Photo by Laura Knowles

Warwick School District’s revamped administrative team includes (left to right) Steven Szobocsan, Kristina Szobocsan, Ryan Axe, Ron Hallett, and Scott Kyper. Photo by Laura Knowles

The Warwick School Board meeting on Tuesday was a bit like musical chairs.

With the departure of Robin Felty as assistant superintendent to become superintendent of the Manheim Township School District, there were several shifts in administration. Added to that, Warwick Middle School’s principal Michael Smith is on a leave of absence.

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At the July 19 school board meeting, Ryan Axe’s status was changed from principal at Warwick High School to the director of secondary education for the Warwick School District, at the annual salary of $122,509.

Ronald Hallett was approved for a change of status from coordinator of assessment and staff development for the district to the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, at the annual salary of $98,380.

Kristina Szobocsan made the switch from assistant principal to principal at Warwick High School, at the annual salary of $93,318.

Stepping in for Smith, Steven Szobocsan had his status changed from assistant principal at the high school to acting principal at the middle school, at an annual salary of $90,000.

The fifth change was Scott Kyper, who made the move from coordinator of alternative learning programs at the high school to acting assistant high school principal, at an annual salary of $75,293.

“I am proud of these individuals who are willing to step up to these new responsibilities,” Superintendent April Hershey said.

She also congratulated Felty on her new position at Manheim Township, noting that the neighboring school district was lucky to have her.

“But we will miss her,” she added.

In other personnel matters, the board accepted the retirement of Claude Young, Jr. as a long-time building services employee at John Beck Elementary School.

The board approved the appointments of three teachers, including Nicole Addleman as a family and consumer science teacher at Warwick Middle School, replacing Linda Miskinis who retired; Megan McNaul as a kindergarten teacher at Lititz Elementary School, due to increased enrollment; and Jennifer Walker as a reading specialist at Lititz Elementary School, replacing Lisa Colino, who received a change of status.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity,” said Walker, who attended the meeting.

There were other changes of status and transfers. Jenna Yanchocik was transferred from an art teacher at Lititz Elementary School to an art teacher at Warwick High School, replacing Beth Fuhrman, who retired. Kimberly Stively was transferred from a learning support teacher at Lititz Elementary School to an intervention specialist at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, replacing Heather Bellows, who received a change of status.

Several volunteer positions were approved, including Robin Felty, Jennifer Fyock, Sue Ellen Hendricks, Tara Ilie, Jean Johns, Sally McGeehan and Linda Miskinis. Volunteer coaches include Ashlee Garman, Bethany Han, and Daniel Hogan.

The termination of Stephanie Good as a special needs assistant at Lititz Elementary School was approved.

In other business, the board approved the first reading of existing policy revisions for Policies 247 and 609, new athletic events support wages, extra-duty athletic and bargaining positions, and updated 2016-2017 salary range guidelines.

The new student representative Connor Wentworth, a junior at Warwick High School, will be stepping into the position in September.

Sarah Fritz, community outreach coordinator for the Office of the District Attorney of Lancaster County, attended the meeting to inform the board of the programs available through the office, dealing with crime prevention, security and other issues.

“I realize that you have budgetary constraints,” Fritz said. “Our offer is free.”

The board agreed to set up a presentation from the DA’s office to outline programs that would be available to the Warwick School District.

Laura Knowles is a local freelance reporter who covers the Warwick School Board beat for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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