Abington Heights School Board discusses staffing plans at work session

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | August 11th, 2015 1:07 pm

CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington Heights Superintendent of Schools Michael Mahon provided a staffing update during the school district’s work session meeting Aug. 5.

Former Middle School Assistant Principal Eduardo Antonetti was appointed as Director of Curriculum in the Mid Valley School District after five years at Abington Heights. His position at Abington Heights is expected to be filled.

“I can’t envision the middle school running without an assistant principal,” Mahon said.

Mahon also announced three resignations within the district. High school computer-aided drafting teacher Leslie Salomon, half-time Title 1 middle school math teacher Mike Migliori and high school Spanish and French teacher Phil Nevin.

According to Mahon, Salomon was a “critical part” of the district’s Project Lead the Way initiative.

“It will be quite a challenge to replace her position,” he said.

Mahon also made a recommendation to the board to fill Migliori’s position.

“He has done great work with kids who very much need assistance,” Mahon said. “Our sense is that person provides very much-needed academic and social services for students who are at high risk. I think it’s a position worth filling.”

Due to a high number of students enrolled in language classes, Mahon also believes Nevin’s position should be filled.

A full-time guidance position was filled internally by Lynne Spangenberg, who previously worked as a half-time counselor. She has served as the vocational counselor for the past 10 years and will replace Paul McHale, who retired last year.

“As a result, there is now a half-time vacancy at the high school for guidance,” Mahon said.

According to Mahon, the district plans to conduct interviews for a half-time guidance counselor, then the board will decide whether to hire a candidate to fill the position, potentially during the Aug. 19 regular school board meeting.

“Our students face very significant challenges,” Mahon said.“One of the main goals I’ve undertaken this year is to examine the guidance department to make sure our goals and objectives are the right goals.”

In other business: Mahon believes “good progress” is being made at Waverly Elementary after a water leak over the Fourth of July weekend.

“I have a high degree of confidence the building will be open for the start of the school year,” he said.

The next meeting of the Abington Heights School Board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the district’s administration building, 200 E. Grove St., Clarks Summit.

By Robert Tomkavage


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