Stipends halted; changes in staffing

With the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year just in the rear-view mirror, the Warren County School District is already looking ahead to next fall.

The district’s administrative staffing plan for next year was released to the board on Monday night and several central office staffing decisions were made at a special meeting held on May 28.

At the May meeting, which lasted late into the night, according to meeting minutes prepared in advance of Monday’s meeting, supplemental salaries of $1,500 each that were given to administrators Gary Weber, Jim Grosch, Norbert Kennerknecht and Patricia Hawley-Horner in February were discontinued effective May 28.

The additional compensation, which came from the money that would have been allocated to a superintendent, was approved in February due to the added responsibilities those individuals would assume during the search for a superintendent.

Acting Superintendent Amy Stewart was allocated a $4,000 supplemental pay increase at the same time, but the board modified her salary package on May 28 to bring it in line with the pay of a superintendent $125,000 annually. The text of the motion, which was approved unanimously, indicates that “any $4,000 per month supplemental payments that Mrs. Stewart has already received shall be applied to the aforesaid combined amount of $125,000… The preceding is based on the understanding that Mrs. Stewart will automatically return to her position as Director of Administrative Support Services and the associated salary upon the hiring date of a Superintendent.”

In addition, Ruth Nelson, who most recently served as principal at the Warren Area Elementary Center, was appointed as a “Temporary Interim Director” due to an expected forthcoming vacancy.

To fill that corresponding vacancy, an administrative staffing plan released Monday indicates that Ann Ryan, who has been the assistant principal at WAEC, will be principal there next year. Leslie Collopy will be her assistant.

In other shifts, Dr. Darrell Jaskolka will be moving from Youngsville High School to the Warren County Career Center and Phil Knapp will take over at Youngsville where he was previously assistant principal.. Mary Ann Mead will move from assistant at Beaty-Warren Middle School to the same position at YHS. Eisenhower is listed as vacant, with a job posting on the district website for that vacancy. Current EHS Principal Erik Leamon is listed on the staffing plan as a special education supervisor for next year.

The remaining administrative changes revolve around the closure of Sheffield Elementary School. Sheffield Principal Steve Parinella will be appointed to the same position at Allegheny Valley. Amy Stimmell, who was at AVES as well as the Learning Enrichment Center, will be moved to assistant principal at Beaty. Last year, Parinella’s time was split between the Sheffield elementary and the middle/high schools, necessitating a new assistant at Sheffield for next year. That is slated to be Kim Yourchisin.