Hamburg directors recognize nine retiring teachers

Hamburg Area School Directors recognized the retirements of nine teachers who have taught for a total of 245.5 years in the district (283.5 years overall) on April 14.

Superintendent Steven Keifer thanked the following for their years of professional service:

Faye Werley, elementary, has taught in the district for 37 years, Glenn Henne, middle school industrial arts, 35.5 years, Joellen Roebuck, high school Spanish, 35 years and Susan Schenck, high school Latin, 34 years in the district (41 years overall).

Donna Strauss, middle school computer technology, has taught 24 years in the district (30 overall), Rowena Henderson, elementary (Kindergarten), 24 years and JoAnne Schaeffer, elementary special education, 22 years (34 overall).

Cynthia Nash, high school special education, has taught in the district for 22 years (30 overall) and Gail Braun, middle school LSS, 12 years (17 overall).

In other news, school directors approved the general fund budget for the Berks Career and Technology Center in the amount of $15,759,724- a 3.6 percent increase- and Hamburg Areas portion in the amount of $763,971- a 5.6 percent increase.

School directors also approved Gorman & Associates, P.C. to perform audits for the 2013-14 school year at a cost of $26,150.

Keifer announced that the Arbor Day ceremony, recognizing Joe Leonzi and Mary Beth Kemp for their contributions to the Hamburg community, will be on April 25 at 1 p.m. at the high school.

Two trees will be planted in their honor. Kemp selected a cherry tree and Leonzi selected a Japanese red maple.

Keifer also announced that the eighth and final snow makeup day will be a professional development day for teachers on June 9 in which students are not required to attend.

Graduation will be on Friday, June 6 as scheduled.

Some agenda items were either tabled or not discussed due to only five out of nine school directors being present.

School directors met in executive session prior to the meeting to discuss contracts. No details were available.

The next meeting of school directors is Monday, Apr. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.