Plarr made Frontier School Board president
During Frontier’s reorganization meeting, Janet Plarr was elected board president for 2012-13, while Nancy Wood was named board vice president. Both Plarr and Wood, who each recently had served as board members, were elected by a board vote of seven. Board members Jack Chiappone and Lynn Burke abstained. Board Member Martin Lalka nominated Plarr and Wood for their elected positions during the meeting’s Election of Board Officers.
Plarr and Wood fill positions vacated on the board by Michael Comerford and Stanley Figiel, whose terms as president and vice president recently expired following their decision in May to not seek re-election to the board. Both Plarr and Wood later thanked board members for instilling their overall confidence in them to fulfill their newly appointed duties.
Additionally, James Bodziak was officially re-appointed to his position as district superintendent, which he has held since December 2010.
Also, during the board’s regular meeting, it was stated that positions of assistant principal at Frontier High and Middle schools had been re-established as being 10-month capacities, rather than the previous, 12-month status. Bodziak said tweaking of the positions was made possible through substantial give-backs conceded through the district’s administrative association, including finding a way to re-apportion $175,000 in funds. The board approved by 9-0 vote the appointment of Erich Ploetz and Peter Frank as assistant principals of Frontier Middle and High schools, respectively. As part of a Memorandum of Agreement between the district and Ploetz, the appointed middle school principal will work between 20 and 30 days during the current summer months, as Bodziak noted that Frontier Middle is currently understaffed because a current administrator is on leave.
Other meeting appointments included William McDonagh being selected to the position of pre-kindergarten education & data coordinator in the district, a capacity that is part time and carries an annual salary of $41,000. McDonagh had recently resigned from his position of principal at Cloverbank Elementary School, a move that had caused many parents of Cloverbank students to attend school board meetings while expressing their hopes to district officials in bringing back McDonagh to his principal position. Although McDonagh’s new position will pay him less than half of that of his principal position, it was the hope of district officials, Bodziak said, to have McDonagh rejoin the Frontier district in some capacity.
Tuesday’s meeting was the last for Richard Binner, who had served since 1995 as the assistant superintendent of district business at Frontier. Binner, who is retiring, thanked district officials for the opportunity in his handling of financial duties. He commended his staff in Frontier’s business office for assisting him in completing such tasks. Binner added that he is looking forward to concentrating on spending more time with his family.
“My wife says I’m consumed with Frontier, and I have been,” said Binner.
The board, concurrently, approved the appointment of Richard Petrus as acting school business administrator at a rate of $500 per day, giving Petrus related duties as records access officer, school purchasing agent and Medicaid compliance officer, effective July 21.
Tuesday’s meeting also served as the first on the board for Thomas Best Jr. and Patrick Boyle, who officially began five-year terms as board members following their unopposed election in May to their seats.
In other action, the board was presented with what is described to be a savings option as part of a proposed recycling program through Modern Disposal. Allan Brown, speaking on behalf of Modern, stated that installing a new garbage disposal and recycling program within the district through Modern could save Frontier more than $430 per month and upwards of $5,000 annually. The program, he said, would include identifying “traditional” trash to go along with recyclables, the latter of which embodies paper, telephone books, magazines, cardboard, paper bags, plastics, jugs, bottles, metals such as aluminum cans, and various glass.
Further, Brown said, the plan would require continued collection of traditional trash through wastebaskets, accompanied by the purchase and relocation of recyclable containers. It was stated that such items, which depict a school logo, cost $8.50 per container. Other required amenities include large, stenciled containers to hold plastic- which would cost $30 per item- as well as large wheeled canvas carts used to transport recyclables from classrooms and offices to dumpsters. The canvas carts are slated as costing $140. Lastly, clear plastic bags would be needed to line recyclable containers.
Several board members expressed a belief that the proposed recycling program could be beneficial to Frontier, and Plarr said that district officials would need to view a contract before further proceedings could take place. Bodziak expressed some reservation about Frontier staff members having time taken away from their regular duties if they are appointed as (recycling) program coordinators.