Three Boyertown Area School District administrators see change in status; motion to reinstate ad-hoc committee fails

Several Boyertown Area School District administrators will see a change of status in the 2014-2015 school year. All of these changes will take effect Aug. 1.

Kelly Mason, the principal on New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School will serve as the assistant principal of the senior high school

Brian Rohn, currently the assistant principal of Boyertowns Junior High West, will serve as the new principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School. Rohns position will be filled by James Towers who is currently the assistant principal at the senior high.

This information was included in the personnel section of the superintendents report presented at the July 15 school board meeting. All personnel changes were approved by the board.

At the start of the meeting, following a 45-minute executive session for personnel matters which could not be commented on by the board, several community members questioned the aforementioned changes in status.

Barbara Ferri of Gilbertsville stated that she was shocked and asked for an explanation.

There were no comments made the school board regarding personnel.

On a different note, during board comments prior to the meetings adjournment, Board Member Paul Stengle made a motion to reinstate an ad-hoc committee to look at the current voting model and evaluate the regions.

The recommendation developed last year was two-fold to equalize the regions by moving Douglas Township in Montgomery County to region 1, and to switch to a hybrid voting model retaining six regional representatives two elected from each region, and three representatives from the school district at large.

The result in the Court of Common Pleas was denied by the judge on the grounds that the lead time to put it in place for the 2013 elections was too short, however the judge stated the request could be re-filed for implementation starting in 2015.

Stengle stated that community members had reached out to him stating that the proposed model would be unfair to some voters.

We should be looking at making a more significant correction if our motivation is equal voting influence from each voter, said Stengle.

Its in the hands of the court, said Board Member Stephen Elsier, explaining that he doesnt see a need to revisit the topic and would rather focus on governing the district. Let it go through the system, he said.

Board President Donna Usavage noted that she didnt see the value in going through the process again and therefore would not support it.

The motion failed with a vote of 3-6. Board members Christine Neiman, Paul Stengle and Robert Caso voted in favor of the motion.

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