SHINGLEHOUSE — The Oswayo Valley School District board of directors approved the hire of Jed Hamberger as the new superintendent during its voting session on Monday night.
Hamberger’s three-year contract was approved with a prorated annual salary of $104,000. His starting date depends on when he is released from current position with West Greene School District, tentatively Oct. 19. The approval is also contingent on obtaining required clearance certifications.
At WGSD, Hamberger is the K-12 academic director, according to the district’s website.
During public comment, Hamberger thanked the board and said he was excited to begin. He was met with applause from the almost 30 people in attendance.
Three board members resigned from the board last week: Toni Gibbons (region 2), Hilarie Perkins (region 1) and Donald Leilous (region 1). A seat in region 3 still remains vacant; the board appointed Ronald Pire to that seat in a 4-3 vote during the June 10 meeting, but board member Mitch DeLong said Pire turned the appointment down.
That seat was previously held by Brandy Graves, who resigned at the May 13 board meeting.
The last board meeting had four members present — Diane West, DeLong, Christina Jones and Douglas Resig; Kimberley Voorhees was absent. The Oswayo Valley School board policy states five members are needed to hold the meeting. The law states a quorum is needed to hold a meeting. A quorum normally consists of five members. The Potter Leader-Enterprise asked Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, about this question. She expressed the opinion that a quorum, when almost half of the board has resigned leaving five active members, would consist of three members.
The board approved a bid from A.L. Blades for the track paving at $92,175 and the landscaping at $18,200, bringing the total bid to $110,375. Amy Yohe, business manager, said the Together Rebuilding: Alumni, Community and Kids Association donated $85,477 and a Norton grant will cover $55,000 for two years. The district originally budgeted $62,000 with a contingency of $6,350 included.
The total cost of the project is $290,129; the board approved moving $26,302 from the capital project budget — originally set aside to cover cement work — to cover the remainder of the bid change.
The board will not do cement paving on the sidewalks and stairs until the 2020-21 budget and will use that money for the track project instead.
The board approved a fee proposal from Clark Patterson to complete the bid process for the top coat asphalt paving of the track. It was explained the additional work needed is $2,000 over the $2,500 the board previously approved.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9. A work session will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a voting meeting at 7 p.m. in the elementary board room.