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March 17, 2014

Neshannock superintendent gets more responsibilities

NEW CASTLE — With less than three months remaining before her retirement, Neshannock’s superintendent of schools is filling two job vacancies.

The board this week appointed Dr. Mary Todora as acting business manager and school treasurer. The vote was 5-2, with Mark Hasson and P.J. Copple opposed. Amy Na and Cathy Snyder were absent.

Todora will be paid an additional $1,000 to fill the two posts, formerly held by Melissa Morosky.

Morosky’s status with the district “is a personnel matter,” Todora said, and can’t be discussed.

The board voted 6-1, with Hasson opposed, to seek a part-time accounting assistant at $35 per hour, not to exceed $175 per day.

The successful candidate to assist Todora in her new finance positions “will be a CPA who has an understanding of school finance,” she said.

Following the meeting, Hasson said he opposed filling the business manager position “because I don’t agree with what they are proposing.”

He said Morosky “has been sent a letter” but he could not discuss the content. “The board members really don’t know what is going on” regarding the post, he said.

Asked about Morosky’s status as a district employee, Hasson said, “That’s a personnel matter and I can’t discuss it.”

Following the meeting, board president Karen Houk said the district’s superintendent search is continuing. She said 15 applicants have expressed interest and interviews will begin soon.

The board also approved a five-year extension of the food services contract with Nutrition Inc. of Conneaut, Pa.

The district sets aside $25,000 to $60,000 annually to supplement its cafeteria program, which is essentially self-sustaining, Todora said. Funds set aside by the district are used for equipment repairs, she noted.

At the meeting, the board also:

•Approved the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV general operating budget for the 2014-15 school year. Neshannock’s contribution is $22,148. This is a $771 increase.

•Will sponsor Camp Invention for students entering grades one through six. The camp, at the elementary school, will run from June 23 to 27. It is offered at no cost to the district. Participants will pay a fee to attend.

•Added to the substitute list Amber Koski and Kara Rubaker as school nurses. Rubaker was also added as an emergency substitute teacher.

•Approved a concurrent enrollment agreement with Butler County Community College for the 2014-15 school year. This will enable high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses while still in high school. Credits will count toward high school graduation and college. The agreement also enables students to take courses at a discount.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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