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Retirement approved for 7 South Butler County teachers

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By George Guido
Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The South Butler County School District will be saying goodbye to seven teachers at the end of the school year.

The school board on Wednesday night approved retirement packages for these teachers:

Cheryl Belowich, high school business ed; Pamela Dreher, fourth grade; Kimberlee Garvin, fourth grade; Johnnye Miller, high school librarian; Debra Oesterling, sixth grade; Alan Pawlowski, sixth grade; and John Pocchiari, third grade.

“I want to congratulate them for their years of service to the students,” said Superintendent Dale Lumley.

District spokesman Jason Davidek said Thursday that these are typical retirements.

“The benefits they would receive is what would be in the collective bargaining agreement,” he said.

The district requests notification of retirements by March 1 to allow administrators to plan for staffing needs.

The district won't be sure whether all of the teachers will be replaced until next year's budget comes into focus.

A number of Alle-Kiski Valley school districts haven't replaced retirees in recent years because of budgetary concerns.

Cellphone policy vote due

An updated policy on the district's “Bring Your Own Devices” rule is expected to be acted on Wednesday.

This would allow students to take advantage of technology as study or resource aids.

Resources such as iPads and web-based cellphones will be considered.

Fundraising to change

The Alternative Revenue Committee is looking at the structure of the Knights Foundation as a method of raising money for district activities.

The foundation was created to acquire lights for Knoch Knights Stadium and to light outdoor basketball courts in the early 1990s.

Board President Nelda Burd said the foundation is “ready to move on” and turn over organizational structure to the district.

Officials didn't say whether any money is left in the foundation's coffers.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Staff writer Jodi Weigand contributed.

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