A long list of personnel items and a settlement resolution agreement were among agenda items approved at Corry Area School Board's first meeting of the new year on Monday evening.
In personnel business, the resignation of Kara Chludzinski, Corry Area Middle-High School English/language arts teacher and ELA department head, effective Dec. 22, 2020, was approved.
The board accepted the resignation of Sandra Puckly, grade III paraprofessional, effective Jan. 31, 2021.
The appointment of Samuel Adamski as a secondary ELA teacher at Corry Area Middle-High School, effective Jan. 11, 2021, at a prorated salary of $47,859 (master’s step I), was approved.
Sarah Aikens was approved as a long-term substitute elementary teacher, beginning Jan. 12, 2021, through June 4, 2021, (anticipated 97 days) at a prorated salary of $44,444 (bachelor’s step I).
The appointment of Joseph Dunn as a long-term substitute health and physical education teacher, beginning Jan. 18, 2021, through June 4, 2021, (anticipated 93 days) at a prorated salary of $44,444 (bachelor’s step I) was approved.
Amy Heslop was granted tenure after completing three satisfactory years of service with Corry Area School District. Heslop started with CASD on Jan. 10, 2018.
The appointment of Erica DiLuzio as middle-high school language arts/foreign language department head for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, effective Jan. 4, 2021, at a prorated supplemental salary of $605.24 was approved.
Board members accepted the resignation of Megan Pound as head girls soccer coach and assistant girls soccer coach (middle school), effective immediately.
Ryan McBriar was approved as a new teacher mentor for Adamski for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year at a prorated supplemental pay rate of $130.
The following additions to the service personnel substitute list for the 2020-21 school year were approved: Nicole Higby and Tiffany Williams.
Prior to the start of Monday's meeting, Board President Dr. Doris Gernovich disclosed that members held an executive session before the regular meeting to discuss legal matters.
"I'd like to announce that we had an executive session at six o'clock this evening before the meeting to discuss pending litigation and privileged legal advice from counsel," Gernovich said.
Under new business, the board approved a "settlement resolution agreement and general release" pertaining to a minor student, dated Jan. 11, 2021, a copy of which is incorporated into the resolution as if fully set forth herein and is also on file in the director of special education’s office.
The Corry Area School District provided the following statement regarding the settlement agreement: "The district received a complaint on behalf of a minor student. The district and parents of the student have reached an amicable resolution pertaining to the issues raised in the complaint."
In other business, the board approved a tax collection resolution, effective Jan. 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2025. The resolution states that compensation for elected tax collectors shall be at a base pay of $1,000 plus $8.50 per parcel.
A request from the Erie County Tax Claim Bureau for the sale of property off Concord Road to Travis and Stephanie Bennett for the sum of $250 was approved.
In a letter of intent submitted with the sale of parcel from repository for unsold properties request, the Bennetts said the parcel would be a continuation of land they currently own and maintain, and contains part of their driveway.
The board re-adopted principles for governance and leadership from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The principles include advocate earnestly, lead responsibly, govern effectively, plan thoughtfully, evaluate continuously, communicate clearly and act ethically.
In addition to Gernovich, board members who attended the meeting in person were Bill Nichols, Joel Cook, Amy Allen, Jon Maker and Joe Frisina. Deborah Wood and Jason Halfast participated in the meeting via phone. Amanda Cox was absent from the meeting.