FACTORYVILLE — Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center has a new principal.
The school board accepted the resignation of Principal Brian Kelly effective June 30, and hired current high school Assistant Principal Brian Kearney to replace him effective July 1 at a meeting June 13.
High school Principal Mark Murphy gave best wishes to Kearney during the meeting.
“He (Kearney) was a great assistant principal for me and the school,” said Murphy. “We appreciate all the work you’ve done with our students for the past two years.
Kearney thanked the board for the opportunity to become the new elementary principal.
“I did spend 14 years as an elementary teacher,” he said. “So, I’m back to where I am most familiar with. But I certainly had the experience I could not trade for the world working in the high school with great faculty, staff, and with a great principal Mr. Murphy, who really showed me the ropes. I can’t say enough what this district means to me.”
In other news, Athletic Director Harry Powell made a proposal to shift the baseball and softball teams from junior varsity teams (9-12 grade) to junior high teams (7-9 grade) due to low participation.
He said that only 14 girls can be taken to the away game, leaving only five ninth-graders on the junior varsity team. Powell said that the baseball team has the same scenario.
He said the remaining ninth graders in the junior varsity roster could combine with seventh and eighth grade players in order field a team and be able to play a full schedule of games.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said board member Karl Beichler. “I think it will increase the talent on the varsity schedule in years to come.”
No action was taken on this matter.
Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas congratulated the class of 2016. He also thanked the administration and the board for putting together the graduation ceremony.
“I’m starting to look forward to the class of 2017,” he said.
The he board appointed the following substitutes:
• Jillian Green — special education, elementary, Pre K-8
• Karen DiPietro — elementary
• Nina Colianni — social studies
• Emily Carr — music education and special education
• Christina Wilson — elementary