Blue Ridge guidance counselor to retire

The Blue Ridge School District is losing a guidance counselor this month.

The school board accepted, with regret, the resignation for purpose of retirement of Guidance Counselor Susan Cawley, effective Sept. 24. Cawley is the counselor for grades six through eight.

Very little other business came before the board for action at the meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 6 – the first day students returned to the classroom.

*Rebecca Upright was hired as a personal care assistant for the school year;

*the board approved an update to the Payment of Bills policy (#616). The update provides for the district to provide for timely payments to board pre-approved security personnel and athletic officials;

*teacher mentors, and a new FBLA advisor was approved, as were extra- and co-curricular positions;

*a half-year sabbatical was approved for Tricia Gilboy, 2nd grade teacher, and Trishalaine Piechocki was approved as the long-term substitute during the sabbatical leave;

*board approvals were given for nominees of the Pennsylvania School Board Association president and vice president, as well as five trustees to the PSBA Insurance Trust Board.

Board President Chris Lewis reported the Blue Ridge Middle School Band has been selected to perform at the Marywood University Junior Wind Band Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Principal Peter Supko said eight new students enrolled on the first day of classes.

Middle and High School Open House will be held Thursday, Sept. 15.

Elementary Principal Danelle Decker said students transitioned nicely back to their school routines. The next few weeks , she said, will be filled with activities and with benchmark level testing.

Elementary Open House will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Director of Special Education Gail Wnorowski said the district has been notified by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Special Programs that the program is in compliance.

She also noted that the department would be conducting “exit surveys” with special education students leaving the school, and then follow-up with those students to conduct post-outcome surveys.

Matthew Nebzydoski, Principal of Curriculum & Instruction, said the staff development days were productive and many projects were “off to a good start.”

Both Superintendent Matthew Button and Business Director Brian Dolan reported that transportation on the first day of school went smoothly, even with changes to how the buses drop-off/pick-up students.

The maintenance staff was thanked for their efforts in getting the campus in shape for the school year.

The board will hold meetings on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the elementary school cafeteria.


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