BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Tunkhannock Area school board named Ann Way assistant superintendent at its board meeting Thursday night.
Since August 2006, she has served as principal of the Mill City and Evans Falls elementary schools, and will replace Pat Sample- whose title was assistant to the superintendent- at a date yet to be determined, "but definitely before the start of the new school year," superintendent Michael Healey said.
Joe Moffitt, assistant principal of Tunkhannock Area High School will replace Way as principal at the Evans Falls and Mill City schools.
Way came to Tunkhannock Area in the summer of 2005 as vice principal of the high school after 12 years as an English teacher at Wyalusing High School and 18 years as a guidance counselor at Towanda High School.
She has a bachelor's degree from Mansfield, a master's in counselor education from the University of Scranton and a Ph.D. in educational administration at Marywood.
Way said Monday night that she was looking forward to the challenge of central administration, but "will miss the little ones."
In other business, the board gave its final approval to a $41.5 million 2009-2010 budget that keeps the tax rate at its present 61.4 mills.
Board secretary Sandra Lane said "this, of course, is with the understanding of where we think the state might be with its budget but we have no idea what it's going to decide. It's going to be a wait and see game."
Appointments were made with full-time contracts with some clearances pending for the following: Stacy Bevan (Mill City grade 2), Rachel Dana (Mill City grade 4), Sondra Humenansky (Middle School grade 6 science), Lisa Koval (Roslund grade 3), Ashley Robinson (Roslund kindergarten), Ashlie Rosengrant (Middle School grade 5 reading), Edward Shingler Jr. (Middle School Title 1 reading), Benjamin Townsley (High School technology education), Krista Truesdale (Mehoopany/Roslund art), Jeffrey Underwood (Middle School physical education/health), Jennifer Geary (Evans Falls/Mill City music).
Resignations were accepted from Sandra Ide and David Ide as assistant junior high soccer coaches.
The school board also approved bus/van yearly contracts totaling $3.1 million.