Steel Valley schools to add teachers

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Steel Valley school board on Thursday night voted to add seven full- or half-time teaching positions to the district’s roster.

The board in April 2011 voted to furlough 40 teachers, counselors, and other professional staff and to furlough 15 support personne. At that time, the district was anticipating a $2.4 million cut in state funding for the 2011-2012 school year.

The stated reason for the cuts was a decline in student enrollment since 2001.

The state school code says it is illegal to furlough teachers because of a lack of funds, Since then, school directors have gradually hired back a number of people.

District business manager John Zenone said some of the furloughed teachers retired, and some took positions elsewhere.

Superintendent Ed Wehrer said Thursday night that six teachers remain on the furlough list. Whether or not they are appointed to the new teaching positions depends on whether they have the correct certifications for those jobs, he said.

The board voted to fill two and one-half elementary teaching positions, two full-time special education positions, one half-time secondary science teaching job, one half-time librarian position and a half-time English as a Second Language/world languages position.

Directors also voted to hire a reading specialist, and a food service director, whose salary is not to exceed $40,000, Mr. Wehrer said. They also voted to fill one and one-half secretarial positions for the 2014-2015 school year.

At Monday’s workshop meeting, school board members discussed the possibility of raising school lunch prices by 15 cents in the elementary schools and 25 cents in the middle school and high school. The item was removed from the voting agenda after discussion by school directors, Mr. Zenone said.

The price of school lunches will remain at $1.75 for elementary school lunches, and $2 for middle school and high school lunches.


First Published July 31, 2014 12:00 AM

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