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LEHMAN TWP. — Lake-Lehman Superintendent James McGovern was granted a 3.5 per cent raise at Monday night’s school board meeting.


Board members Bo Kreller and James Welby were absent. The board members who were present voted unanimously in favor of the raise.


In 2012, the board approved a 3.5 percent raise for McGovern, changing his annual salary to $116,763.


In other action, the board voted to hire the following junior-senior high teachers for the 2013-14 school year: Elena Pellegrini, William Evans and Dianne Figura. Erica Slocum, Laura DePrimo and Amanda Dudish were hired as new elementary school teachers.


Amber Costello spoke to the board about her service to the district over the past four years, which has included five long-term substitute positions. She said she had made it to the final round of hiring for the past three years but was not hired again this year.


“We teach our kids that if you are dedicated and if you give your all you will persevere and you will make it,” she said. She said she wanted to know why her name “had been swept underneath the rug.”


Board member Walter Glogowski suggested that Costello meet with McGovern to discuss the district’s hiring practices, and McGovern agreed to do that.


Sharon Barto expressed frustration that her seventh-grade daughter was sent home from school with an injured finger. Barto said she was upset that she hadn’t been called about the injury and her daughter had been sent home on the bus by the school nurse.


“The only thing I was looking for was a phone call,” Barto said.


The day of the injury, Barto came to school to speak to Principal Doug Klopp. Barto told the board, “To me he was very offensive.”


Barto had wanted to speak with the superintendent about this but felt that she had been ignored by him.


McGovern and his secretary replied to her concerns, saying they had both been on vacation. Barto and McGovern have a meeting scheduled on Friday.


The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 in the library of the Junior-Senior High School.


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