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Belle Vernon Area administrators get one-year contracts

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Administrators in the Belle Vernon Area School District got new one-year contracts Monday night.

Then some of them received new assignments.

But the administrative move approved by the board during its regular monthly meeting that was most opposed by students and parents was the one that will shift high school Principal Gregory Zborovancik to the same post at the new Belle Vernon Middle School next academic year.

The move is a part of Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson's reconfiguration of the district's school buildings, culminating in the closure of Rostraver Middle School. Seventh and eighth grade students will attend the new middle school, located at the current Bellmar Middle School – in the 2013-14 school year.

Dwindling student enrollment is behind the move.

Wilkinson said Zborovancik's move to the new middle school was being made to create unity in the new middle school.

“There is a divide between one side of (Interstate) 70 and the other side of 70,” Wilkinson said. “Originally, I thought about two principals at Belle Vernon Middle School, but that was not possible. So I thought how can I get one person who is not connected with Bellmar or Rostraver Middle school who has respect in the community and could start brand new?”

Wilkinson denied that the move is a demotion for Zborovancik, saying, “I want someone to start a brand new school.”

But several high school students expressed support for Zborovancik.

“I don't think you're getting the insight from the students,” said junior Gina Manack. “You need to think about the students and get our insight.”

Despite the protests, the board unanimously approved the district organizational chart which involved the following moves:

• Zborovancik, Belle Vernon Middle School principal;

• Jason Boone, high school principal for grades 10, 11 and 12;

• John Grice, ninth grade principal and online education director;

• John Folmar, administrative assistant to Wilkinson.

The contracts approved by the board, in alphabetic order, with the 2012-13 school year positions, were as such:

• David Auria, computer technician, $42,745

• Boone, assistant high school principal, $83,000;

• Michele Dowell, elementary principal, $88,035;

• Jennifer Godzak, elementary principal, $96,820;

• John Grice, middle school principal, $88,035;

• Dayne Sikora, school psychologist, $84,203;

• Greg Steeber, technology coordinator, $81,885;

• Zborovancik, $103,000;

• Folmar, middle school principal, $103,000;

• David Bashada, supervisor of transportation, $61,490;

• Jesse Cramer, athletic director/security director/facilities usage coordinator, $39,140;

• Monte Maugle, supervisor of food services, $54,220;

• Jason Zadrozny, supervisor of maintenance, $61,490.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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