Mountain View principal resigns

BY TOM FONTANA
Correspondent

Mountain View school board accepted the resignations of two top administrators and filled top varsity coaching positions at its meeting on Monday night, July 8.

Elementary school principal Andrew Doster submitted his resignation, effective July 12, pending an appointment by the Towanda School District expected on July 9.

Mt. View director of special services Michael Slesinski, hired last fall, also resigned his position, effective July 12.

Superintendent Francine Shea said both positions have already been advertised.

Shea thanked Doster and Slesinski for their service.

“I’ve only worked with both a short time,” she stated, “but it was really nice, and they will be missed.”

“I would like to thank the Mt. View community,” Doster responded. “I was hired as an administrator in April 2007, and it has been a wonderful experience.”

Slesinski was not at the meeting.

Varsity coaching jobs filled included: Spencer Lunger of Lake Winola, boys basketball; Dan Phillips of Kingsley, girls volleyball; and Tom Rudzinski of Clarks Summit, girls basketball.

David Bell, who has been the boys varsity basketball coach for the last few years, was present at the meeting. Later, he told the Indpendent, “I had an interview with the high school principal and the athletic director on July 1 to retain the coaching position. I didn’t find out until the vote tonight that I would no longer be varsity coach.”

Bell had served as junior high coach for several years before being appointed varsity coach, and has been coaching a summer basketball program for the Mt. View team under the auspices of the Mt. View Eagles Booster Club.

Other coaching positions filled were: Shaun Pellew of Kingsley, girls junior high soccer; Neil Wells of Greenfield Twp., girls volleyball assistant; and Whitney Twining of Thompson, girls basketball assistant.
The district appointed Elaine Chichura of Kingsley as family and consumer science teacher, and Jonathan Rogan of Carbondale as a long-term secondary art substitute. Special education teachers K-12 hired included Jaimie Himka, Alicia F. Marmo, Joseph Scanlon, and Casey Mrykalo.

James Cole, Clifford Twp., requested information from the board on the district’s employment application process.

“My wife has applied at Mt. View year after year,” he said, “and after recently dropping off the paperwork, she was told it could not be considered because she submitted it too soon. Is there some law about application deadlines?”

Joseph Gaughan, counsel for the district, said he knew of no law that regulated a time frame for submitting a job application.

Board member Dava Rinehart-Cowan suggested the issue is a matter of miscommunication “If a ‘window’ is advertised stating between which dates applications will be accepted,” she explained, “we don’t go back and check the files for applications not submitted within that window.”

She recommended that this be explained in employment ads, and that applicants would need to resubmit their letter of interest for future available positions.

The superintendent said the application process would soon be electronic, which might make it easier to keep track of dated applications.

It was announced that a bus route contract has become available, and that Lathrop Twp. bus route number 13 has been advertised.