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Former Northeast Bradford Principal Now Wyalusing Superintendent

Acting Superintendent of Wyalusing Schools Warner Stark, left, welocmes the district's new superintendent Ray Fleming. Photo by Bob Hutchings.

The Wyalusing school directors named a local educator to be the district's next Superintendent of Schools at Monday evening's meeting, held at the Laceyville Elementary School.

Ray Fleming of Rome Township, who's lived in the area since 1978 when he became principal of the Northeast Bradford Jr./Sr. High School, is "a 30-year professional educator," according to board president Gary Miller.

To return to the educational field, Fleming will leave a marketing representative position with Computer Resources, LLC where he has worked since 1997. Signing a contract, which extends from Sept. 28, 2004 to Sept. 27, 2009, Fleming accepts a salary of $99,500 for his first year.

According to his contract, the new superintendent is charged with the "administration of the schools under the direction of the board of school directors" and 10 administrative objectives, ranging from hiring and supervising employees to maintaining "effective procedures—for expenditures of all school funds—subject to the direction and approval of the board."

In signing on with Wyalusing, Fleming agreed to "devote his full time, attention, energies, skills and labor" to the job and "be responsible for the total day-to-day administration of the district subject to board policies."

The new superintendent will be evaluated, in writing, annually by the board, and this evaluation will be used to strengthen his "working relationship" with the school district and board members and to set up goals for the next year. Given a good evaluation, the new super's second through fifth year's salary "will be determined by applying the previous five-year average percentage salary increases for superintendents as reported by PSBA" or if the PSBA data is not available, "a 3.5 percent raise will be applied each year."

Also, given a satisfactory evaluation, Fleming will be eligible for a bonus, which will be two percent of his salary. He will have a 245-day work year with 20 days vacation and agrees to pay 20 percent of his medical benefits himself. In the event that he wishes to be free of the contract, he agrees to give the board at least 90 days notice in writing before the end of the contract year.

When asked how many applications for the position the board received, Miller said, "We had a short list. Mr. Fleming went through two interviews successfully."

In other business, the directors accepted the resignation of Seth Reidenbach as biology sub, effective Oct. 25, when the regular teacher, Heather Bluhm, returns from leave.

The board also okayed the resignation of cafeteria worker Cheryl Cox and Title I aide Anne Berkley. Sue Turner was hired to replace Berkley.

They also approved teacher Steve Reinhart's move to First Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach to replace Mark Fogel. Reinhart will be employed on Year 13/Step 3 with a coaching salary of $3,884.

The directors then approved more than $30,000 in staff travel, most of which goes toward four music teachers and 45 students who plan to do a Music in the Parks performance and the Williamsburg and D.C. tour, April 29 to May 2, 2005.

They also pre-authorized bids for the district's new radio system, to speed up the installation of equipment. It will be tested as soon as the license is received, according to Acting Superintendent Warner Stark. This is the newest communications setup between school buses and school offices.

The board also accepted a bid of $24,800 from Musser Associates to build a pole barn for storage near the activities building. In his report, Stark said that the little bridge into New Albany Elementary was replaced by Middendorf Contractors for $25,000.

The directors dismissed for an executive session, which was one of several since the last regular meeting.

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