HANOVER TWP. — The Hanover Area School Board hired the son of the district superintendent as teacher on Monday night.
Jared Jones, son of the Superintendent Bill Jones, was appointed as the new secondary social studies teacher with a salary of $45,898, replacing John Sipper, who became an assistant principal with the high school.
The school board voted 5-2 on the decision to appoint Jared Jones. Board Secretary Kevin Quaglia and board member Richard Stevens voted against the appointment.
Board members Joyce Potski and Dr. Vic Kopko were not in attendance for the meeting.
Quaglia declined to comment on why he voted no.
“My son when through the interview process like everyone else,” Bill Jones said. “I wasn’t involved with the hiring process or his recommendation for the position.”
Jones continued, “I was out of the room. I had no involvement. It’s not like he was hired right out of college with no experience. He was a substitute teacher for the district for all of last year.”
Besides Jones, the board appointed Christina Loven, as the assistant school nurse for the 2018-19 school year, as well as, Jennifer Makowski as an instructional assistant as per the HAESPA contract.
During the superintendent’s report, Jones honored Mary Ann Mack who retired as a speech teacher at the end of the last school year.
Gina Considine, an elementary school teacher, and Renee Benavage, a high school teacher, in the district received $250 stipends to spend on supplies for their classroom for winning the 2017-2018 Excellence in Teaching awards.
The board voted to pay for the high school’s chiller replacement and 2018 Ford F-250 truck with a plow. The expenses worth $46,560.67 will be paid from the district’s Capital Project Fund.
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