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Yough library aides furloughed

| Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

The Yough School Board has furloughed all three of the district's elementary school library aides.

The board on Thursday unanimously voted to let go Brandy Hall, Rebecca Pecora and Diane O'Rourke. Pecora and O'Rourke were hired in November 2009; Hall was hired in August 2008.

Before the 5-0 vote was cast, some citizens in attendance offered comments.

Linda Leghart of Jacobs Creek expressed concern about the ability to keep the elementary school libraries open all the time, even with a librarian assigned to each school.

"I have serious reservations as to whether it's a wise move to let these people go," she said.

Director Diane Appolonia said a grievance from the union prevents the aides from being in the library with children if the librarian is not present.

"If the librarians were in the computer room, technically the library aides could not be able to be there with other students. ... So really, there is no benefit to have the library aides," she said.

When there were only librarians, volunteers help keep the library staffed, Leghart said. "We don't have the library support now that we had then," she said.

O'Rourke, the aide at H.W. Good, told the board that the librarian there will not be able to do all her work without closing the library more than two days in each six-day cycle.

Board President Ruth Bisko said that would not be acceptable. Elementary Principal Keith Reidmiller said schedules are still being adjusted.

The directors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to hire a superintendent.

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