Principal separates from LTEC

JEFF GREGORY

BY ERIN NISSLEY

Times-Shamrock Writer

FACTORYVILLE – Lackawanna Trail School Board voted during a special meeting Monday night to approve a separation agreement between the district and its elementary school principal.

District Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas declined to comment after the meeting, on why Jeff Gregory was no longer serving as principal of Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center.

Under the agreement, Gregory will remain on sick leave until June.

Rakauskas declined to furnish a copy of the agreement.

Efforts to reach Gregory, who is paid $85,490 a year, were unsuccessful Monday night. He has been on sick leave for about two weeks, Rakauskas confirmed.

Gregory was first hired by the district in August 2006 as a high school vice principal with a salary of $69,000.

A decision has not been made as to when the district will seek applicants for Gregory’s replacement.

In the meantime, Gregory’s duties will be covered by high school administrators, Director of Curriculum Janice Joyce and Rakauskas himself filling in as needed.

Also on Monday night, school board member Michael Mould was approved by the board to fill Lackawanna Trail’s seat on the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 Board. That seat was left empty after former school board president Dan Naylor resigned earlier this month.

Naylor resigned from the board Oct. 11 after 18 years, citing recent changes in his personal and business life.

The school board also appointed Michael Bluhm as a volunteer wrestling coach and approved two field trips.

One of those field trips was to take the marching band to the Atlantic Coast Championships in Hershey on Oct. 29 and 30 at no cost to the district.

A couple of the members of the public in attendance took issue with the district not paying for the band trip when it pays for so many sporting events.

Band director Katie Bower, who will escort the band on the field trip, said the activity is a “high standard of achievement.”

According to Bower, this is the eighth consecutive year the band has qualified for the competition.

The two-day event is by invitation only and includes the top 100 bands on the east coast.

Bower also announced that high school senior Garrett Craig-Lucas of Dalton, was named “outstanding drum major” for the Tour of Bands chapter championships.

Wyoming County Press Examiner writer Virginia Cody also contributed to this story.