Uniontown board names negotiator
By Cindy Ekas
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
Uniontown Area School Board this week accepted the resignation of Alan George as chief negotiator for the school district in its ongoing negotiations with the Uniontown Area Education Association, effective June 21.
Following a 90-minute executive session for contractual and personnel reasons, the board appointed its solicitor, Samuel Davis, as the new chief negotiator.
Davis said negotiations have been progressing in the school district, but George was unable to fill his obligation because of business responsibilities.
“Mr. George told the school board that he had business interests that were taxing on his time,” Davis said.
Davis said he will make every effort to “get the negotiations completed on time” so the teachers' union and the school district reach an agreement prior to the Sept. 1 deadline when the previous contract is scheduled to expire.
“We will work diligently to finish what has been started,” Davis said. “I have not been involved in the negotiations so I really don't have any details at this time.”
After the meeting ended, Davis said he talked briefly to Carla Lowden, president of the Uniontown Area Education Association.
“Ms. Lowden told me that she will contact me in the near future to set up a meeting,” Davis said. “I will have more details about the negotiations after we meet.”
In other business, the board:
• Recommended approval of the employment of Eric M. Dolfe as head boys soccer coach at the high school, with the salary to be determined for the 2013-2014 school term pending the endorsement of the athletic director and contingent upon receipt of proper clearances.
• Approved the hiring of Sara Pockstaller as head girls volleyball coach at the high school with the salary to be determined for the 2013-2014 school term, pending the endorsement of the athletic director and contingent upon proper clearances.
• Recommended the hiring of John McCormick as a volunteer coach for the Ben Franklin/Lafayette Football Team, pending the endorsement of head coach Timothy Karpiak and contingent upon receipt of proper clearances.
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.
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