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School board OKs personnel changes

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met Oct. 13 to discuss business items. The board members were in person in the district administration building, and the public was able to view the meeting virtually.

Due to some technological problems, reports were kept short.

Regarding personnel, the board members approved the following substitutes at a rate of $180 per day: Laura Gerhard, effective Sept. 2 to approximately Nov. 24; Cathy Moore, effective Aug. 31-Oct. 9 and approximately Oct. 20 to approximately Jan. 13, 2021; and Angelo Lucci, effective Aug. 31.

A number of substitutes were removed for the 2020-21 school year including Ronald Hassler, Jessica Kroope, Paul Holaska, Preston Kucsan, Alison Kovacs, Charles Post, Susan SantaMaria-Ritter, Janet Schmitt, Carol Gehris and Robert Fahringer.

Roula Khoury was approved to be added to the substitute employment list as a guest teacher.

Board members voted to approve 41 new extracurricular positions in the district, setting an additional 18 names aside for future approval.

The resignations of Jacqueline Yanek as a noncertified instructional aide at Catasauqua High School and Lori Rice as a cafeteria monitor at Sheckler Elementary School were approved.

Three districtwide student workers were approved at a rate of $8 per hour. These students are Bruce Fryslin, Luis Silva and Alexis Henry.

Board members appointed Amy Dymond-Jones, guidance counselor at Catasauqua Middle School, to oversee student teacher Andrew Linker, from Kutztown University, effective Jan. 19-May 4, 2021.

Students representatives were appointed to a number of boards. Janessa Ortiz and Trist Graser-Jewell were approved to serve as representatives to the school board for the 2020-21 academic year. Glaser-Jewell attended the meeting virtually.

Sabrina Safadi and Derek Troxell were appointed as representatives to Catasauqua Borough Council, and Laura Schaffer was approved to serve as a representative to North Catasauqua Borough Council.

Regarding policies, the board voted to approve the second reading of the district’s nondiscrimination policy.

The board of education next meets 7 p.m. Nov. 10.