Daniel Boone reorganizes school principals

The Daniel Boone School District was officially reorganized Aug. 13 with the board's unanimous approval of a new district assistant superintendent and new principals at the High School, Middle School, and Amity center schools.

Reorganization began last June when Assistant Superintendent Ann Marie Traynor announced that she was retiring and the board appointed Amity Intermediate Center principal Marybeth Torchia to fill the position.

In a special voting meeting on Aug. 13, the board appointed Anne Marie Massaro as AIC/Amity Primary Center principal, William McIlmoyle (HS principal) as the district's new Director of Administrative Services, Thomas Hankel (MS principal) as the new HS principal, and Robert Hurley (MS vice principal) as MS principal.

The board also approved the transfer of High School Assistant Principal Phil Repko to fill the assistant principal position at the Middle School, and transferred Jenny Rexrode from Middle School Language Arts teacher to High School assistant principal.

Otto said the reorganization has also allowed the district to recall three furloughed teachers.

He said a flow chart detailing the reorganization will be posted soon on the district's website.

The board said it will reopen the 2012-13 budget to reflect the district's receipt of a $154,447 accountability block grant, additional state money, an additional $20,000 from administrative changes, and net revenue of $64,000.

Board President Andrew Basile said after an almost unanimous board discussion, that the budget reopening would be advertised.

In other business: Otto said the board is not considering closing a school building, but said enrollment numbers are starting to decrease.

'When we get to 3,500, I'd say it would be a different kind of conversation,' said Otto, adding, 'If those numbers continue to go down, we may change the tone of the conversation.'

He said last year enrollment at this time was 3,860 and this year it is 3,721.

He said the High School and Middle School each have 36 fewer students, 12 fewer at Monocacy Elementary Center, 17 fewer at Birdsboro Elementary Center, and 82 fewer at Amity Primary and Intermediate centers.

Board member Walter Sheehan said 3,500 is the number needed to reorganize and combine classes.

Traynor said kindergarten enrollment is currently very low and the economy has affected enrollment through fifth grade students; the two, high economy enrollment bubbles are currently in the Middle School.

The board is doing its first reading/acknowledgement of Policy 006 'Local Board Procedures,' which currently states that public participation at board Committee of the Whole and voting meetings is permitted only by residents or taxpayers of the Daniel Boone School District.

Board discussion is continuing on a policy of how staff should and should not interact on social and electronic media with students.

Board members said that could include staff communicating only through Daniel Boone e-mail accounts, instead of personal accounts.

'Our concern is the inability to monitor an outside communication - from someone who shouldn't be communicating,' said Otto.

The board also approved at the special voting meeting the termination of Channel 1 news in school homerooms.

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