— Seven teachers and two members of the support staff submitted their retirement notices during Tuesday night's meeting of the Wayne Highlands School Board.
To date, 12 teachers have submitted their retirement letters to the district, according to Superintendent Greg Frigoletto, along with several support staff personnel.
"This seems to be one of of those periods where they are at that age or number of years of experience," said Frigoletto. "They are just at that point in their careers."
Those who submitted letters to the board Tuesday were:
• Julia Cerra, special education teacher at Honesdale High School, who has been with the district 15 years.
• Jane LaBar, kindergarten teacher at Damascus Area School who has been with the district for 18 years.
• Richard Roberts, mathematics teacher at Honesdale High School, who has been with the district for 29 years.
• Kathryn Sternburg, instructional support at Stourbridge Primary Center, who has been with the distrct for 20 years.
• Janet Heinly, special education life skills teacher at Stourbridge, who has been with the district for 15 years.
• Nancy Fritz, English and Latin teacher at Honesdale High School, who has been with the district for 18.5 years.
• Ruth Swingle, administrative assistant at Honesdale High School, who has been with the district for 23 years.
• Deborah Neurnberger, family and consumer sciences teacher at Honesdale High School, who has been with the district for 16 years.
• Alan Hazen, district-wide custodian, who has been with the district for 15 years.
Frigoletto said now the district has some "fantastic people we have to replace."
Fortunately, he noted the district does have time to begin searching for candidates.
Page 2 of 4 - Under the current rules, teachers have until May 1 to submit letters of retirement so the district can begin the replacement process.
"It gives us time to formulate a plan to replace them," he said.
Three seniors from Honesdale High School were honored during Tuesday night's board meeting.
Norah Cliff is the daughter of Rev. Graham and Mary Jo Cliff of Honesdale and is the top 15 percent of her class.
During high school, she has participated in track and field, a varsity tennis letter winner, captain of the varsity boys basketball cheerleading squad, Special Olympics volunteer, a student council member where she is a homeroom representative, food pantry volunteer, member-at-large, vice-president and Spirit Week Committee member, went on a mission trip with the First Presbyterian Church to Warrensburg, N.Y., is on the honor roll and National Honor Society where she served as blood drive chairperson.
After school, Cliff plans to attend Penn State to acquire pre-med requisites in nutritional sciences with a biochemistry or global health minor. Her goal is to become a dermatologist.
She thanked her parents for "putting up with me," and also thanked them for moving to Honesdale.
"I think their best decision was moving here 18-1/2 years ago," she said. "Honesdale High School is awesome."
Seneca Propst is the daughter of Harry and Hayley Propst of rural Hawley.
She ranks in the top 15 percent of her class.
In high school, she has participated in girls soccer where she was a letter winner, won the MVP award, honorable mention all-star and offensive player award, was a ninth grade boys basketball scorekeeper, participated in mock interviews, went on the Costa Rica service trip, was in Science Olympiad, participated in Bridge Building and International Bridge Building where she won an architectural award, was in NEPA Bridge Building, in the American Mathematics Contest, student council as a homeroom representative and food pantry volunteer, on the honor roll and National Honor Society.
Page 3 of 4 - After school, she plans to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she will major in chemistry.
Propst thanked her parents, who were at the meeting.
"They have been to everything," she said.
She also thanked her chemistry teachers, saying they made her "realize I do want to study chemistry."
Elizabeth "Libby" Rickard is the daughter of Martin and Sandra Rickard of Honesdale. She ranks in the top 15 percent of her class.
While in school, she has participated in junior varsity and varsity basketball, junior varsity and varsity field hockey where she was in the 100% Club, underclassman academic achievement award and varsity letter winner, junior varsity and varsity softball, student council where she was a member at large and homeroom representative, mock interviews, Scholastic Arts 2013 where she won honorable mention in pottery, Safe Schools Committee where she was a student representative, an Abraham House volunteer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, honor roll and National Honor Society.
After school, she planns to attend Temple University to major in therapeutic recreation. She plans to become an occupational therapist.
She also thanked her parents, who she said has helped her "juggle her schedule" between school, athletics and work.
Rickard also noted the pottery program, which she called a "stress free" environment.
Board member Heather Stephens said it was a "great pleasure to see such excellent women" being honored by the board.
"It makes the hours we have been at this table worthwhile," said Stephens.
In other business, the board:
• Voted to advertise for bids for potential summer projects. Those include the fire alarm upgrades at Preston Area School and Wayne Highlands Middle School, the storage area project at Honesdale High School, blacktop projects at various locations, Wayne Highlands Middle School parking lot stairs project and the tennis courts project at Preston.
Page 4 of 4 - • Voted unanimously to approve the total roof restoration at Preston. The low bid of $421,155 from C&D Roofing was accepted.
• Granted child rearing leaves to Preston fifth grade teachers Erin Kilker-Dorohovech, Wayne Highlands Middle School educational technology teacher Rebecca Garing and Damascus fifth grade teacher Holly Hazen.
• Granted leaves to Stourbridge Primary second grade teacher Renee Platt and Wayne Highlands Middle School family and consumer science teacher Barbara Brown.
• Approved hiring as substitute teachers Ryan Gilleran and Marissa Vennie and to Nicole Maglione as a secretary/teacher assistant.
• Approved Bradley MacMaster as a driver for Lynda MacMaster. The approval is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all required paperwork and testing.
• Appointed Trevon Jaggers as assistant junior varsity baseball coach for this spring.
• Approved the low bid of $17,748 for custodial supplies.
• Approved appointing Pediatric Practices of Northeast Pennsylvania and Wayne Memorial Community Health Center as school physicians for 2013-16.
• Approved Marissa Nacinovich, John Ridd and Wayne Memorial Community Health Center as dental providers for 2013-16.
• Announced Honesdale High School graduation will be on Saturday, June 15.
• Announced Preston graduation will be on Monday, June 10.