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WS Center teacher job still unfilled

His certification questioned, Gerald Shovlin doesn’t get enough support for post.

PRINGLE -- An automotive technology instructor position at West Side Career and Technology Center remains open despite two opportunities to fill it.

The position appeared on Monday’s Joint Operating Committee agenda without a candidate’s name but was tabled. Before the meeting’s end, committee member Nick DeAngelo made a motion suggesting Gerald Shovlin for the spot.

Gary Mathers objected, citing a Pennsylvania school code certification rule.

Solicitor Charles Coslett said the code allows the committee discretion in the matter and that an e-mail from the state Department of Education confirmed his opinion.

The motion failed 6-3, with fellow Wyoming Area representatives John Bolin and John Marianacci joining DeAngelo in supporting it. Dallas representatives Mathers, Russ Bigus and Richard Orlowski as well as Lake-Lehman representatives Charles Balavage, John Oliver and Mark Kornoski voted against the hiring. Northwest Area’s representatives were absent.

After the meeting, DeAngelo said Shovlin was pursuing certification and that the school code allows for emergency certification. School Administrative Director Elizabeth Ellis produced an e-mail from the state’s education certification specialist stating the board has discretion in hiring under emergency certification when no qualified applicant has been identified.

“The key word is ‘qualified,’ ” Ellis said.

The committee recessed the meeting instead of adjourning and will reconvene Sept. 30 to consider the hiring again.

Mathers also voted no and cited the same certification issue in the appointment of Jennifer Zeller as family/consumer science teacher. That motion passed 8-1.

In other business, Superintendent of Record Nancy Tkatch said the superintendent’s committee is drafting new articles of agreement for the school. She said the committee expects to have new articles ready “no later than December of this year.”

Disagreement over the terms of the previous articles led to Wyoming Valley West withdrawing as a member of the school’s joint operating committee earlier this year.

The committee also approved the purchase of $40,000 in new computer equipment for the use of business students. Principal Anthony Guariglia said the purchase will provide students with state-of-the-art equipment and allow them to pursue Microsoft Office certification.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. This is cutting edge,” he said.

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