School district off financial watch list

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County School District is starting the new year on a positive note, as it’s now officially off the financial watch list.

The school district’s Director of Finance Joe Campinelli made the announcement during Monday’s school board meeting.

The district was on the list for three years.

“We got an e-mail from the state department telling us that we were removed,” Campinelli said.

The school district experienced a loss in state aid in past years that caused numerous expenses, resulting in personnel cuts. Campinelli added, however, the district was able to review its budget and stay mindful of what money was coming in and what it had to work with.

“We just started buckling down and being a little more aware of our expenses,” Campinelli said. “We’ve obviously had some personnel cuts. That’s the largest part of our budget, and thus that’s the largest part of where you have to look at and basically just cut expenses. Revenues came in well; a few extra dollars came in that helped. Medicaid money came in. Some expenses we saved on.”

Campinelli noted the district remained under budget on expenses such as diesel fuel and other larger items.

“It’s just basically a monitor of what we’re doing and just continuing to do what we’ve done over the last two or three years to combat slipping backward,” Campinelli said. “We need to stay where we’re at, stay consistent with where we’re at.”

In other business, the board:

• Approved Amanda Wooda as a language arts teacher at Oak Glen Middle School and Mark Conlon as a social studies teacher at Weir High School.

• Approved hiring Sara Wright as an Oak Glen High School girls softball assistant and Robert Bozek as an OGHS wrestling assistant, both of which are non-paid positions.

• Approved countywide substitute teacher LaTisha Brown.

• OK’d leaves of absence for Weir Middle School teacher Anna Troyar and Ora Pernell, a custodian at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center.

• Approved the resignations of OGHS consumer science teacher Janet Arehart effective Jan. 3; football assistant Timothy Miller; baseball assistant Eric Hayden effective Dec. 6; and substitute CDL instructor John Mossor effective Dec. 12.

• Approved the following substitute teachers: Zach Brown, Clayton Flowers, Sandra Duke, Dominique Gilbert, Joshua Weltner, Matthew DeAngelis, Cari Horn and Harry Olenick.

• Approved a motion to accept the sum of $60,000, instead of $63,000, for the sale of the Liberty School property. Superintendent Tim Woodward explained the change in the cost was due to incorrect acreage attributed to the sale.

• Approved an agreement with Interactive Educational Services to serve as a host for the county schools’ website.

The school board will next meet at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the career center.