Cring said there will be a few new staff members as well as some who have decided to move into other instructional areas within the district. They include: Mary Beth Murdock (academic intervention service provider), Lynn Strang (director of student services and executive principal), Jessika Fancher (high school science teacher) and Mary Martini (school psychologist). The high school had three positions to fill before the first day of school, but names were not available before press deadline.
“We were fortunate that there were no positions eliminated,” Cring wrote in an email to the Crier. “We did remove driver education (during the school year) after the retirement of Mr. James Knodel. The school also saw the retirement of long term teacher aides Lynn Green and Connie Hobbie.”
Cring said the district has been equipped several classrooms with white boards with interactive technology.
“This summer has been very busy as we continue to work on the district and staff’s annual Professional Performance Review. We have almost completed the first year of the process, which will help guide us to address areas which need a focus. We are also reviewing all of the district scoring on the new 3-8 testing along with our Regents and advanced placement scores. This will inform instruction and help staff work with individual children,” he said.
An open house is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26.
Last week before school started, MCS Superintendent Peter Livshin said he is excited to have the students return.
“I always look forward to having the kids back. It gets dull and boring when they are not here,” said Livshin, who is going into his 17th year with the district.
MCS has added two new faces to its staff: Nicole Lawton, who is teaching high school math and Sylvia Quick who will serve as a licensed teacher assistant and physics teacher. The district had three retirees.