Even though schools are still closed, members of the Southern Huntingdon County School gathered, both in person and through Zoom video conferencing, to take care of pressing needs that needed to be approved Wednesday evening, including hiring a new business manager.

In a 7-1 vote, with board member Angie Watkins voting against and board member Benjamin Whitsel not present for the vote, Three Springs resident Hillary (Shope) Lambert was approved to fill the spot vacated by LuAnne Keebaugh in February.

“She’s held a similar position with the Fulton County Medical Center,” said superintendent Dwayne Northcraft. “Prior to that, she was an auditor, and she’s audited schools. She comes to us with a lot of experience and cost-saving measures as well as building project experience.”

She will begin April 27 with a salary of $78,000.

As part of that, her compensation plan was approved with a vote of 7-1, with Watkins voting against it and Whitsel not present for the vote, and the job description of the business manager was approved with an 8-0 vote.

“We feel that with her experience and technology skills with accounting systems, we can streamline our efficiency and save money,” said Northcraft.

Northcraft also discussed the tentative plan for when students are scheduled to return to school, but this is also based on schools opening up again Monday, April 6.

“We will bring teachers back April 7-8, and our students will report back April 9,” he said. “There’s no school for Good Friday April 10, and students will come back again Monday, April 13.”

Even with the days we’ve lost, we don’t need an hourly requirement, and at this point, we can still maintain our current school calendar and have the last day be Tuesday, May 26.”

Northcraft said the administration, with the guidance of the state Department of Education, is formulating a possible remote learning plan while students are off of school.

“We have not relayed a formal plan to teachers and students, but we plan on doing that shortly,” he said. “Everything is new right now, but our goal is to attempt to deliver instruction with all of the resources we have available.”

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.


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