Muhlenberg superintendent blasts college admissions scandal

'I'm infuriated by the whole situation'

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - The growing national scandal about wealthy parents using bribery to gain admission for their children to elite universities had tempers flaring in the Muhlenberg School District on Wednesday.

"I'm infuriated by the whole situation," Superintendent Joseph Macharola said at Wednesday night's school board meeting. "We work here at Muhlenberg with a high level of honor and honesty."

Macharola said Muhlenberg does not have many wealthy parents. He said that every year they produce a few students, who by virtue of their own hard work, earn admission to some of the country's top colleges. He hopes that this scandal will not cause these types of students to slacken their efforts in the future because they believe the entire system is rigged against them.

"I am saddened by this," he continued. "This is not an example we want for our children. Our district is emerging and trending in the right direction."

Macharola also revealed that he is in the very early stages of discussion with Khalid Mumin, the superintendent of the Reading School District, about establishing a joint cyber school. He believes the Muhlenberg School District could recover a substantial amount of the $1.5 million it now pays for students who attend charter schools if the cyber school is established.

Retirement incentive

The board approved a "retirement incentive." It is open to all full-time Muhlenberg School District employees who have 30 or more years of service by June 30, 2019, or are age 62 with at least one year of service by June 30, 2019.

The administrative and professional staff incentive will be $25,000, and the support staff incentive will be $10,000. Those who wish to receive a retirement incentive payment must submit a non-rescindable letter of retirement to the superintendent by 4 p.m. on May 1, 2019, with a retirement date no later than June 28, 2019.

Other business

The board approved the appointment of Antonio G. Mirabito as assistant principal in the elementary school, at an annual salary of $80,000.

The board accepted the bid and awarded the contract for the Muhlenberg Middle School roof replacement project to D.A. Nolt Inc. for a total project cost of $1,827,358.28.

The board resolved to remember the passing of Russel D. Yoder, who served as a science teacher in the district for 34 years, from 1959 to 1993.

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