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Tentative contract reached

| Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Southmoreland Education Association and the Southmoreland School Board have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

Superintendent John Halfhill, reading from a press release, said Tuesday the agreement must be ratified by the membership of the teachers union as well as the school board.

"The parties are hopeful that the ratification procedure will be completed by the end of the first full week in August," Halfhill read. "The parties are not releasing any details of the tentative agreement and are not responding to any questions by the media about the bargaining or the tentative agreement pending the completion of the ratification procedures.

"The parties' representatives have agreed that this will be the only statement to be made relative to the tentative agreement pending completion of the ratification procedures," Halfhill finished.

No other information was released by the board.

In other business yesterday, the board voted to approve Dan Krofcheck, former social studies teacher at the senior high, as the dean of students.

The dean of students position replaces an assistant principal position and is not a union position.

Four teachers within the district applied for the job.

"He's an experienced educator with a master's degree in public policy and has worked for the high school for the past nine years," Halfhill said. "He's well-respected in the community and by the kids."

Board members accepted the resignation of senior high English teacher Ashley Crossland and three-hour Southmoreland Elementary School cafeteria worker Chery Wertz.

Bonny Coffman of Scottdale was approved as the assistant senior high varsity volleyball coach.

The district will host a computer giveaway at the field house near the stadium from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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