SCSD continues filling staff, coaches


Susquehanna Community school board continued filling advisory positions and did some shuffling of coaching positions at their March 20 meeting.
Kathryn Matis was hired as yearbook adviser for a two-year period. Other advisory positions were: Lawrence Tompkins, senior class; Carol Bushong as Students against Destructive Decisions; Hannah Taylor, Scholastic Bowl; Julie Gallo, response-to-intervention (RTI) coordinator.
Paul Rooney resigned his junior high football coaching position to take on a varsity football position. Robin Burdick also resigned as boy’s track coach.
Volunteers approved were Charlie Wormuth for softball, spring season, and Craig Hubal for football, fall season. Susan Day was hired as boy’s junior high track coach and Tiffanie Wolf as a track helper.
Other hires included Jon Carpenter as a long term (93 day) high school substitute and Stephanie Ficarro, (90 day) high school aide.
Added to the substitute list were: Kathryn Matis, teacher; Erin Sackett, teacher; Earl Cottrell, maintenance and security; Shannon Buck and Robert Wayman, van drivers.
Susie Chamberlain attended the meeting to share with the board the award-winning graphic design that won Susie and Tiara Leonard a second place in the NEIU Computer Fair at Keystone College.
A change in the school safety policy will include the closing of the district campus for public use between 8 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. during the 180 instructional days each school year.
Superintendent Bronson Stone said the public will be welcome to use the facilities when school is not in session.
Stone reported the district’s Strategic Plan has been approved.
He also spoke of the work, now complete, to remedy the problems with the auditorium lighting and curtains. The board approved a flame retardant application for the curtains at a cost of $1,900.
Stone said he will recommend at next month’s meeting having a police officer on duty at the campus.
The board approved a fall night football game, tentatively for October 11.
Stone also said the school is looking at Sept. 28 for Homecoming. He said they are trying for a game between the combined Montrose/Elk Lake team and the Susquehanna/Blue Ridge team for Homecoming.