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Middletown school board transfers Earl Bright from Reid Elementary and King from athletic director

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 6/19/17

By 9-0 vote, Middletown Area School Board during its June 19 meeting voted to transfer Earl Bright from his position as principal at Reid Elementary School to principal of the school district’s new …

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Middletown school board transfers Earl Bright from Reid Elementary and King from athletic director

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By 9-0 vote, Middletown Area School Board during its June 19 meeting voted to transfer Earl Bright from his position as principal at Reid Elementary School to principal of the school district’s new in-house alternative education program to start with the 2017-18 school year.

Bright’s salary will not change, however the school district anticipates saving $180,000 by bringing alternative education services in house. The district has said the move is the biggest reason why the school district is avoiding a tax increase for 2017-18. Bright’s transfer is effective July 1.

The board by the same 9-0 vote also approved transferring Jeremy King from district athletic director to becoming a high school business education teacher to replace Justine Shippling, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

King will be paid $67,935, and the transfer is effective Aug. 14, 2017.

The board also voted 9-0 to approve transferring Thomas Shaffer from principal at Fink Elementary School to a language arts teacher position at Middletown Area Middle School, at a salary of $77,280. Shaffer will replace Georgina Hamer who retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The transfer is effective Aug. 14, 2017.

The board by 9-0 vote approved replacing Shaffer as Fink Elementary School principal with Marie Drazenovich, who is now assistant principal at Fink. The transfer is effective July 1 and Drazenovich will be paid $98,161.58.

The school district will advertise to find candidates to replace Bright as principal at Reid Elementary, and to replace King as athletic director, district Superintendent Lori Suski said after the meeting.

The school board approved all four transfers without making any public comment or discussion, despite opposition to the moves being voiced by a number of residents during the board’s June 13 meeting. Residents also objected to the moves in additional public comment that the board accepted prior to the June 19 vote.

Most of the opposition had to do with Bright’s departure from Reid Elementary.

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