HANOVER TWP. -- Due to vacations, personal commitments and medical issues, several members of the Hanover Area School Board and administration were absent from Thursday's regular school board meeting, even though there was a quorum.
Not in attendance were Evelyn Evans, board vice president; Lorraine Heydt, board secretary; Anthony Podczasy, superintendent, and Tom Cipriano, business administrator. Board member David Evans was appointed temporary secretary.
The board voted 7-0 to appoint Daniel Malloy as district secondary principal at the junior-senior high school at a salary of $82,500, effective Dec. 1. Malloy, who was one of the school's two vice principals, will step into the position when current principal David Fisher retires Nov. 30.
William Kane is the other vice principal of the junior-senior high.
Board President John Pericci said the district has reduced the number of principals at the junior-senior high school from three to two, with Bill Jones, the district's education coordinator, serving as a floater principal between the junior-senior high and the district's three elementary schools.
Within the last two years the district has reduced the size of faculty by 18 percent and administration by 23 percent, Pericci added.
In other business, the board:
•Voted 7-0 to appoint/re-appoint the following extra-curricular personnel for the 2012-2013 school year: James Hummer, assistant boys volleyball, $1,530; Jillian Bolesta, assistant girls volleyball, $1,530; David Borofski, assistant varsity girls soccer, $2,011; Alexandra Halesey, assistant girls soccer, unpaid; Benjamin Murphy, assistant varsity boys soccer at $2,011; Kristen Pstrak, head junior high field hockey, $1,530; Chelsea Golightley, assistant junior high field hockey, $1,530; Stacy Malia, assistant varsity field hockey, unpaid.
Also, Scott Fertal, assistant varsity football, $3,043; Rick Hummer, assistant varsity football, $3 043; Shawn Mullery, assistant varsity football, $3,043; Kyle Casey, assistant junior high football, $2,689; Tim Malloy, head junior high football, $2,689; and Amanda Mullin, assistant varsity tennis, $1,530
•The board unanimously voted to bring back football bonfires after Pat Ropietski asked why they were eliminated last year. "The team is down in the dumps and I think they need a lift," she said. "I think a bonfire is just the ticket."
Pericci said the board voted to eliminate the bonfires last year due to safety concerns. Board member Frank Ciavarella agreed the bonfires should be allowed again. The bonfires will be ignited by the fire department.
•The school board's next work session will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. and the regular board meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.