Latin no longer a language elective at Hamburg, Tilden principal moved to middle school

Hamburg Area school directors acknowledged at their meeting on July 28 that the language elective Latin is history in regards to the district’s curriculum for the 2014-15 school year.

Although almost 90 students in the high school had signed up for the language, the district does not have a Latin teacher on staff.

Sue Schenck, who taught all four levels of Latin, retired after the 2013-14 school year.

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Schenck taught at Hamburg Area for 34 of her 41 years as a teacher.

“As we all know, kids take the teacher for electives,” said Chris Spohn, high school principal. “Sue Schenck was a beloved teacher for over 40 years.”

And it seems irreplaceable.

It is difficult to find a teacher and few colleges have Latin certification programs, said Dr. Elizabeth Lambi, director of curriculum and instruction.

Lambi plans to take a different approach and instead of offering it as a language, hopes to integrate it in curriculum in Grades K through 12 where it would benefit all students with state testing.

In other news, school directors approved administrative salaries for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Steven Keifer’s salary will be $164,667, an increase of $4,796.

The district is also advertising for a principal for Tilden Elementary Center.

Dr. Shawn Fitzpatrick is moving to the middle school as principal, replacing Ken Buck, who left the district.

In other news, school director Andrew Raugh thanked the community for its help in installing playground equipment at Perry Elementary Center Dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig.

“It was a very successful day and a testament to how great a place (Hamburg Area) is to live and learn,” Raugh said.

School directors met in executive session after the meeting to discuss personnel. No details were provided.

The next meeting of school directors is Monday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.