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Accipiter named Southmoreland board president

| Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Southmoreland School Board Director Sam Accipiter has replaced Darl Lochinger as board president, and Director Mike Bentz will replace Joe Eckman as board vice president.

Bentz will also serve as the legislative chairperson for the district in the Pennsylvania School Board Association's Legislative Action Program at county-level meetings.

Board members also appointed Accipiter to serve as a representative to the PSBA Regional Cabinet.

Directors this week also adopted a strategic plan, which runs through 2012.

The strategic plan includes the district's mission statement, vision, shared values, goals, academic standards, assessments and public reporting, targeted assistance for struggling students, and curriculum and instruction materials.

Directors also approved three policies, including a bullying/cyberbullying policy, public records policy and acceptable use of the Internet policy.

Lori Suter was hired to fill a two-hour cafeteria position at the Southmoreland Primary Center. Patrice Dillinger of Alverton was approved as a member of campus security. Julie Graft was approved as the assistant varsity girls basketball coach, and Zachary Berch was approved as a volunteer junior high wrestling coach.

Directors also approved an agreement with Therapy Source to supply speech, occupational and physical therapists on an as-needed basis.

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