Warwick Education Foundation buys 60 laptops for high school students

By on November 16, 2016

Also, Warwick Middle School has a new principal

In its third installment of funding for the Warwick School District, the Warwick Education Foundation presented a check for $57,540 for computers at the high school.

At the Nov. 15 school board meeting, representatives from the foundation brought the total of funding in 2016 to $189,000, much of it for technology at all schools in the district, including 240 iPads and 75 MacBook Airs.

“Now it’s the high school’s turn,” said Grant Hummer of the foundation. “We will be providing 60 laptops and two carts for the ninth through 12th graders.”

Hummer noted that the donation was part of WEF’s computer technology initiative. He also noted that the foundation isn’t quite done yet. The foundation will be part of the Extraordinary Give on Nov. 18. He encouraged board members, businesses and residents to donate to the Warwick Education Foundation through the Extraordinary Give.

“We hope to make extraordinary things happen,” said Hummer.

In personnel matters, the board approved a change of status for Steven Szobocsan, who had been working as a high school principal. He is now the principal at Warwick Middle School. Szobocsan is replacing Michael Smith, who reportedly resigned from his middle school position to pursue a job with another school district.

The theatre and music departments at the high school and middle school are in the midst of some dramatic changes.

Matthew Tenaglia was named concert band and jazz band director at the high school, replacing Matthew Wolfe, who resigned. Tenaglia will also direct the concert and jazz bands at the middle school, again replacing Matthew Wolfe.

Michael Haines and Donald Zahn will take over musical set construction at the high school, replacing Jeffry Pfeiffer, who resigned.

Tony Luciano is the new musical scenery painter at the high school, replacing Steven Goss, who resigned. Travis Love was named as choral concert choreographer at the high school, replacing Carol Still, who resigned. Love was also named as holiday concert choreographer, again replacing Carol Still.

Jeffrey Cusano was named as choral concert lighting engineer and holiday concert lighting engineer at the high school, as a result of the restructuring of the payment schedule. Jill Gagliano was named as a choral concert choreographer and holiday concert choreographer at the high school, as result of the restructuring of the payment schedule.

Gretchen Bender was approved as music director at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, replacing Kirsten Lefever, who resigned. There were also several changes of status due to the retirement of Lori Weaver, including Ann Ahlers, Sherry Kline and Tim Thompson taking responsibility for music classes that Weaver had been teaching.

The board also approved several new appointments, including Amy Henschel as a third grade teacher at Bonfield Elementary, replacing Denise Claar, who resigned. Lindsay Barker was named as a long term substitute art teacher at the high school, replacing Jenna Yanchocik, who is on extended child rearing leave. Donna Scanlon was named as a long term substitute ESL teacher at the high school and middle school, replacing Meagan Nolt, who is on extended child rearing leave. Rachel Kleinfelter was named as a long term substitute second grade teacher at John Beck Elementary School, replacing Alyson Kernion, who is on FMLA and child rearing leave. Stacey McCarthy was named as a long term substitute fourth grade teacher at Bonfield Elementary, replacing Megan Cupo-Fisher, who is also on FMLA and child rearing leave.

Several coaches were also approved, including Mike Hackman as an assistant girls basketball coach at the high school, replacing Nate Nixdorf, who resigned; Eric Resch as an assistant wrestling coach at the high school, replacing Gary Schnupp, who resigned; and Aislinn Sutcliffe as a junior high assistant girls basketball coach at the middle school, replacing Phil Champagne, who received a change of status.

In other business, two Sunday use requests were approved for the Lancaster Chapter of PIAA Basketball Officials to have Sunday meetings November through January, and the Interact Club to use the high school large gym and indoor concession stand on Feb. 19 for a dodge ball tournament as part of the Fire & Ice Festival.

Laura Knowles is a local freelance reporter who covers the Warwick School Board beat for the Record Express.

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