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Board likely to OK eight hires

| Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Gateway School Board is expected to approve the hiring of eight teachers Wednesday to fill some of the positions vacated when 34 employees retired at the end of the school year.

The teachers include six special-education teachers, a music teacher at Moss Side Middle School and a German teacher at Gateway High School.

In February, the school board accepted the retirements of 34 teachers and an administrator, effective at the end of the 2002-03 school year, as part of a retirement incentive program.

Gateway Personnel Director Bob Reger and Assistant Superintendent Cleveland Steward have attended job fairs, visited colleges and universities and examined resumes posted on the Internet. Reger said the district has reviewed thousands of applications.

In June, Marcie Doperak agreed to give up her assistant principal's post at Gateway Middle School to become a fifth-grade math teacher at Moss Side Middle School to replace the retired Mary Antol. The district also hired Mary Catherine Reljac as principal at Moss Side Elementary School to replace the retiring Elizabeth Coates, who had spent 35 years in education, the last 12 at Gateway.

Teachers and administrators could retire with full pensions in one of three ways:

  • Have 35 years of work experience.

  • Have 30 years of work experience and be at least 60.

  • Be 62 with any number of years' experience.

    About one-third of Gateway's teachers this year had 30 years or more of experience, which made most of them eligible for retirement. Gateway has about 365 professional and administrative positions.

    Nine teachers and three special-education teachers are to be hired at the elementary level, with the other vacancies for the high school, officials said.

    The school board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Administration Building, 9000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville.

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