TAMS principal resigns

CYNTHIA BASILA

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

The Tunkhannock Area School Board voted Thursday night to accept the resignation of Cynthia Basila as Tunkhannock Area Middle School principal.

Superintendent Michael Healey announced that Basilla had accepted a position in the Saucon Valley School District effective  December 17.

Basila who had been at Tunkhannock since 2008, was recently selected as principal of the Saucon Valley Elementary School in Hellertown.

The board also voted to bring a recently furloughed teacher  back because of concerns about class size at Mill City Elementary.

Three parents of Mill City kids applauded the board’s decision and noted that one day this week a burden of having 29 in a class that young was that 40 minutes were spent in potty breaks. The only other kindergarten class had 28.

A new teacher was to be brought into Mill City Monday so that the three kindergarten teachers will have an average of 19 each, Healey said.

Although a nearly similar situation existed in fourth grade at Mill City, board president Rob Parry said the fiscal line had to be held, but the district could possibly move some aides around.

The board also voted to cancel next Thursday’s regular meeting so all of its members could attend an anti-bullying program based on the life of Rachel Scott, the first person to die in the Columbine school massacre 13 years ago.

“Please don’t misconstrue my comments, but next Thursday, we’ll be having a nationally recognized program that some people have called an anti-bullying program,” Healey said. “But I look at it more as to how students can interact and be more positive in the proocess.”

He said that during the day on Thursday there would be two separate programs at no cost to the school district – one for fifth and sixth graders and another for seventh and eighth graders, followed by a 90-minute training session facilitating about 60 middle school students an 20 high school students into creating sustaining activities for the students.

“That night,” he said, “would be a great opportunity for parents to come out and show their support” and to that end he said that persons ttending the night meeting will have the opportunity to win a gas card and an I-Pad, after drawings.

“We really do need people to come out for this,” Healey said.

In other business, the following teachers were congratulated by Healey for having been awarded tenure effective Aug. 31: Robert DeLuca, Todd DeSando, Jennifer Dominick, Megan Farrell, Marcy Higley, Jeremy Kemmerer, Ashlie Lewis, Bernie McDonald, Jamie Puchalski, Kammy Puza, Edward Shingler, Benjamin Townsley, Jeffrey Underwood, Danielle West, Allison West and Doug Wilson.

The board also approved a superintendent’s report which included requests for leave by middle school special education teacher Christine Brunn, Title I teacher Jamie Puchalski and Evans Falls nurse Barbara Lacey; the retirement of TAMS guidance secretary Barbara Chapman; resignation of TAMS cafeteria worker Dale Smith, and appointments of Robert Powers as a high school Latin teacher at $41,404; Lacy Miles as a tech ed teacher at $44,653; and Jessica Reyes as a school-to-career student assistant at $7.25/hour.

K-12 coordinators were also approved in the areas of art (Debbie Donowski, $600); library (Josh Pratt, $400); music (Kevin Kreinberg, $600); and Title I reading (Jill Yoniski, $600).

Head coaches were also approved for field hockey (Ashlie Lewis), wrestling (Bob Hegedty), girls basketball (Amanda Golden), boys swimming (Tim Mislevy) and Larissa Cleary (girls swimming).