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Dunkirk school board fills numerous positions

The Dunkirk Board of Education filled a series of open positions at their meeting Tuesday.

In the three weeks since Sylvia Root has taken over as interim superintendent, the board, along with several administrative committees has been able to act on filling each of these vital roles at different buildings throughout the district before the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Appointed were:

¯ Margaret Michaels of Hamburg, to the fill a newly created special education position at School No. 7 at the rate of $44,858 pro rata;

¯ Dennis Roberts of Jamestown, to the fill a vacancy in special education at Schools No. 3 and No. 5 at the rate of $45,108 pro rata;

¯ Sarah Crane of Dunkirk, to the fill a newly created elementary education position at School No. 5 at the rate of $44,790 pro rata;

¯ Aldyn Carlson of Dunkirk, to the fill a vacancy in elementary education at School No. 7 at the rate of $44,608 pro rata;

¯ Monica Young of Orchard Park, to the fill a vacancy in elementary education at School No. 3 at the rate of $42,250 pro rata;

¯ Jacklyn Ellwood of Hamburg, to the fill a vacancy in elementary education at School No. 5 at the rate of $42,250 pro rata;

¯ Denise Seivert of Fredonia, to the fill the vacancy of reading teacher at School No. 3 at the rate of $45,926 pro rata;

¯ Jena Calph of Fredonia, to the fill a vacancy as a school guidance counselor at Dunkirk Middle School at the rate of $50,668 pro rata;

¯ Mary Lang of Angola, to the fill a vacancy in elementary education at School No. 5 at the rate of $47,608 pro rata;

¯ Trisha Lockwood of Silver Creek, to the fill a vacancy in elementary education at School No. 3 at the rate of $44,790 pro rata;

¯ Tracy Jimenez of Dunkirk, to the fill a newly created special education positions at School No. 5 and NCCS at the rate of $42,000 pro rata;

¯ Michael Ortman of Colden, to the fill a vacancy in health and physical education at the Dunkirk Middle School at the rate of $44,608 pro rata; and

¯ Taylor Levandoske of Dunkirk, to the fill a temporary vacancy in elementary education at School No. 4 at the rate of $42,000 pro rata.

In addition to these educators, the board also appointed a new cleaner to the high school, four APEX/Cyber School teachers and a coordinator, and three teachers were granted tenure.

The search for a new superintendent is still ongoing.

“We’re exploring our options, we’re meeting with the superintendent of BOCES to explore that being one of the options and to see where that goes,” Board of Education President David Damico told the OBSERVER following the meeting. “We’re just starting to look.”

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