(Posted May 11, 2015)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
Madison-Plains Local Schools is moving forward with a shift in assignments for district principals.
Currently, each of the four buildings has a principal, but beginning with the 2015-16 school year there will be one principal for kindergarten through sixth grade and one principal for seventh through 12th grade.
High School Principal Matt Unger will handle duties in the upper six grades while current Junior High Principal Kim LeGault will oversee K-6.
The elementary and intermediate principals are retiring, including intermediate principal Lori Carnevale whose retirement was accepted at the April 21 school board meeting. She has been with the district for the past 15 years.
The board also voted to create two positions of assistant principal, one at each level, and set their pay rates at $61,000 for starters at the K-6 level and $68,000 for starters at the 7-12 level. Those two positions have not yet been filled.
Board members also approved waiving April 10 as a calamity day, the eighth day of missed classes this school year. Classes were called off because of a power outage. Had the board not waived that day, school would have had to be held June 5 which is graduation day.
Even with missing the eight days of classroom instruction, students still are ahead of the recommended hours this year.
Also approved was a trip to Philadelphia and New York for the Civics-English II students, where they will learn about the Revolutionary War, immigration, urbanization and industry. The trip is set for May 20-23 and will be financed by students and their fund-raising efforts.
The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for May 19 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school.