By DIANE M. BITTING
Special to the Advocate
Two schools in the Elizabethtown Area School District will have new principals, following approval by the school board.
Nathan Frank, principal at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, will be the new principal at Bear Creek School, effective July 1. He replaces Annette Spagnolo. Also, Amy Secor was named assistant principal at East High Elementary School, replacing Christel Pond. Secor has been acting dean of students at East High since Pond’s departure in December.
The district will seek a replacement for Frank at the middle school, district spokesman Troy Portser said after the board meeting on Tuesday, May 28.
The board also approved new pricing for school lunches for the 2019-20 school year: $1.55 for breakfast at all sites; $2.65 for middle school/high school lunch; and $2.55 for an elementary lunch.
In addition, the board gave the go-ahead for a new club at the Elizabethtown Area Middle School. The Spectrum Club, advised by teacher Heather Kimmel, will aim to create and sustain a safe and positive school environment by providing members the opportunity to support each other, create awareness about diversity and discuss issues related to such topics as sexual orientation and gender identity.
As discussed at the May 14 workshop meeting, the board approved an agreement with ECHOS (Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services) to provide an on-call social worker using $12,500 in grant money provided by the state’s Act 44 on school safety and security. The other half of the $25,000 grant is slated for a “trauma informed” counselor.
The board also accepted donations also presented May 14, including two xylophones and several donations for the district’s future facility dog, which will cost $3,000 plus $600 in insurance. Donations included $1,000 each toward the dog’s purchase from Echos, Elizabethtown Area Community That Cares and Companion Animal Hospital. Donations also included food and supplies from Brandt’s Farm Supply, Waggin’ Wheels and That Fish Place – That Pet Place, and a pet health insurance premium from Companion.
In addition, the board also decided to go with Mid-Penn Bank for banking services, switching from BB& T. Business manager Jeffrey Ammerman said at the May 14 meeting that the district could save around $50,000 by doing so.
The board also adopted policies on maintenance and admission of students to kindergarten and first grade. The latter policy says that a child must be age 5 on or before Aug. 31 to enter kindergarten.