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WELLSBORO — The board of directors for Wellsboro Area School District took several actions to create a safety net while the district searches for a new high school principal.

The board took action at the Nov. 12 meeting to appoint elementary principal Steve Adams as acting high school principal, Nov. 18-June 15, 2020, a total of 130 days or until the new principal is hired. He will receive $76.93 per diem for the additional work.

Superintendent Dr. Brenda Freeman said the state Department of Education requires an acting principal in place to sign documents. In addition, he will help mentor the recently hired assistant high school principal Jeremy Byrd and serve as a “final voice” for any decisions that need to be made.

The district is doing its best to fill this position, added Freeman, however it is difficult to recruit in the middle of the school year.

“We are not rushing to put someone in that position, but rather we are taking time to get the right person,” said Freeman.

“Hiring the right person and not settling is the ultimate goal,” added director John Hoover.

The board is filling the position after the former principal, Emily Ostrom-Graham, resigned to accept a position as principal at Liberty elementary and high schools.

In addition to Adams’ appointment, the board also agreed to appoint Rob Kreger, middle school principal, as a mentor for Byrd at a per diem rate of $15.39 per day up to $2,000 total or until the new principal is hired. Byrd will also receive an added $15.39 per day up to $2,000 or until a new principal is hired for taking on added responsibilities.

The district’s three head teachers are also taking on added responsibilities for which they will receive $500 each to be paid at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The head teachers are Todd Outman, high school; Steven Henneman, Don Gill Elementary; and Melissa Ryan, Charlotte Lappla Elementary.

In other business, the district:

  • Appointed Hannah Smith as a volunteer middle school assistant softball coach, Simone Lichty as a volunteer high school girls assistant basketball coach and Michaul Buckwalter as a volunteer wrestling coach.
  • Approved the resignation of Margaret A. Ball as a social studies teacher at the Rock L. Butler Middle School effective Jan. 2, 2020.
  • Approved the resignation of Ed Weaver as AV coordinator effective Nov. 1.
  • Agreed to resurface the javelin runway surface by ATT Sports, Inc. at a cost of $34,090. The district will use a $12,500 grant for some of the cost.
  • Approved 25 extra-curricular hires for athletics, Odyssey of the Mind, marching band, and strength and conditioning.