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Last updated: March 24. 2014 11:20PM - 1739 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent



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PRINGLE — West Side Career and Technology Center’s Joint Operating Committee approved the appointment of Robert Mauro as interim administrative director following the resignation of Nancy Tkatch.


Tkatch abruptly resigned in February on the heels of an internal investigation related to use of a school credit card. The findings of the investigation were to be turned over to police. Her attorney has stated that the issue involving the card was resolved long before and no crime was committed.


Attorney William Vinsko said Tkatch’s decision to step down was a retirement not a resignation.


Mauro will be paid at a daily rate of $350 on a day-to-day basis not to exceed three days per week, retroactive to March 6 and until a new administrator is appointed.


Superintendent of Record Ronald Grevera, superintendent of Northwest Area, welcomed Mauro, saying he had full support of the board and administration. He said he had full confidence in Mauro’s abilities to do the job.


“It an honor to assist the school at this point in its history,” said Mauro.


Mauro said he looked forward to Act 82 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation to be complete by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education in May. Ninety-five percent of center teachers will be evaluated in regard to four domains: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibility.


Principal Richard Rava said the evaluation provided clinical observations and opportunity for administrators to gain an understanding of quality of instruction within the four domains.


Mauro is also planning a senior and graduate survey to “take the temperature of the students” and collect useful data.


In another matter, the committee approved an agreement with the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) to update center policy at a cost of $6,700.


Mauro said good policy assists staff and administration in structure and decision making, keeping the school “out of trouble.”


In another matter, sophomore Gina Davis addressed the committee with an update of Student Council activities and goals.


Davis said this year’s Student Council sought to affect the community, participating in events supporting Ruth’s Place and the Feed-a-Friend program.


Student advisor Patty Temple credited approximately 50 members of Student Council with providing good examples and improving student body morale.


The next meeting of the school’s joint operating committee be on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.


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