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East Penn school board president to step down

District hires Rebecca George as athletic director

EMMAUS, Pa. - East Penn School Board President Alan Earnshaw said he would be stepping down from his seat on the board in June at Monday’s meeting.

Earnshaw, who is was in the process of selling his house, said his final meeting will be June 11.

The board would have 30 days after Earnshaw vacates his seat to appoint a new board member to serve out the remainder of Earnshaw’s term.

The date of a public meeting to appoint a successor has not been determined.

In other news, the board voted 9-0 to hire Rebecca George as the district athletic director.

Superintendent Michael Schilder said George was a “welcome addition to the district” and that the district was fortunate to have her.

George, who has a masters of education degree from Temple University, was the Palisades School District director of athletics since June 2003.

George was also Lehigh University’s athletic facilities and event coordinator from 2000 to 2003.

George’s salary will be $98,500.

Also at the meeting, the board passed 7-2 a resolution authorizing the refunding of district general obligation notes.

Board members Carol Allen and Chris Donatelli voted no.

The board voted to issue $23.5 million in general obligation bonds to refinance the district’s outstanding general obligation notes from the series of 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

The original obligation notes were used to acquire and construct various capital projects.

RBC Capital Markets LLC has expressed interest in purchasing the bonds. The deal is expected to be closed by early June.

The cost of issuing the bonds, including printing costs, is projected to be $120,000.

Also at the meeting, the board extended the district’s contract with Nutrition, Inc. to provide food management services for the district from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

Board President Earnshaw commended the company for the “outstanding job” it has done serving food to the district’s schools.

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