Mt. Pleasant hires teachers, support staff
The Mt. Pleasant Area School Board hired several people for the 2008-2009 school year.
During a special meeting Monday, directors hired teachers and support staff. All hires were approved 8-0, with Director Carolyn Yoder absent. The following teachers were hired, pending satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements: Elizabeth Benteler, math; Julie Shaffer, math; Tim Blasko, special education/science; Holly McGill, special education/English; Brandon Mikeska, health/physical education; Madonna Mullin, elementary; and Michelle Kozar, elementary half-time position.
Superintendent Terry Struble said the positions were not new but replaced teachers who retired or resigned. He said the district still needs a special education/math teacher, a half-time art and a half-time learning support teacher.
Additionally, the junior/senior high principal's position and the newly created director of student affairs position remain unfilled. Struble called the search for these two administrative positions ongoing.
Three support staff members were hired, all without benefits: Cynthia Horandt, nurses' aide; Urey Montimore, classroom assistant; and Bette Fisher, classroom assistant. Struble said the positions, which are new, are required to supply mandated support to specific students with special needs.
Solicitor John Toohey said that any employees related to other district employees must sign a disclosure form revealing the relationship in order to comply with the district's anti-nepotism policy.
In other business:
Struble announced that the turf project is virtually complete and students began conditioning Monday. The track is open to the public, although workers may need to close parts of the facility for minor finishing work.
Directors approved a change in the community policy. Any district resident age 62 or older may bring identification verifying age and address to the high school, beginning today, to receive a Viking Spirit Pass, which will admit the individual to all cultural events and to general seating at athletic events for free. Struble said reserved seating and WPIAL events will still require a paid ticket.
Directors approved revising the dress and grooming section of the pupil policy. Struble explained that students may not wear pajama bottoms or slippers. He said that head scarves are also prohibited. If a Muslim student wears a scarf for religious reasons, Struble said it will not fall under the scarf policy and would be allowed.