Last updated: January 21. 2014 11:49PM - 3118 Views
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com



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YATESVILLE – Pittston Area School District has a new second-in-command. Officially.


Kevin Booth, 43, was unanimously named district principal at the School Board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night. The position has been vacant since Jack Lussi was named assistant superintendent several years ago and retired in 2012.


Booth was essentially carrying out the same role after he was named principal in charge of human resources, security and federal programs last year, but that position was eliminated because it wasn’t on the district’s previously approved chain-of-command flow chart.


The assistant superintendent position, traditionally second-in-command to the superintendent, is vacant.


Booth, of Pittston, was a 1989 graduate of Pittston Area High School, a 1993 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Scranton. He taught fourth grade for 10 years and worked six years as assistant principal at the Pittston Area Middle School before being promoted last year.


“I’ll have a lot of the same duties, but a little more supervision,” Booth said.


His salary, around $103,000, will remain the same and benefits will be per the Act 93 administrative compensation plan.


“I’m excited about the new role,” he said. “Education has always been my life, my passion. I’m just looking forward to moving further in my career and doing what’s best for the kids and the staff at Pittston Area.”


In other news:


• The board passed a resolution notifying the state it will not seek to raise property taxes for the 2014-2015 school year above the set index, which is 2.9 percent.


• Board member Kent Bratlee questioned if the district was paying for four port-a-potties at the Charley Trippi Stadium during the winter months. Superintendent Michael Garzella said he would look into the issue.


• District officials will examine starting an archery program. The first step will be to gauge interest and find a willing coach.


• Garzella announced the Pittston Library is having a support meeting called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on noon Jan. 27. Garzella said he was surprised at the high number of such families in the district. He said there are about 30. For additional information, call 570-654-9565


• Each board member was a presented a certificate of appreciation by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association in honor of January being School Director Recognition Month.

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