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Parkland School Board welcomes new teachers

The new teachers hired for the upcoming school year were introduced to the Parkland School Board at its Tuesday meeting.

Principals of the district’s schools introduced the educators, talking about their background and qualifications as well as what they will be teaching. The new hires included Ellen Murphy, a kindergarten teacher at Kratzer Middle School, and Alison Figueroa, a music teacher at Springhouse Middle School.

Pamela Kelly, the district’s director of Human Resources, said that 31 educators had been hired, about half of whom were contractors. Kelly said that 44 percent of the new teachers have master’s degrees.

Over 800 interviews had been held during the hiring process, which started as early as February of this year, Kelly said.

Board Member Mark Hanichak, who participated in the meeting by phone, said that he was impressed by the hard work and “herculean effort” put forth by Kelly, the school principals and the other people who facilitate the interview process.

In other news, several board members were recognized for their years of service by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Assistant Superintendent Rodney Troutman read from the Certificate of Appreciation, which praised the “energy, talent and values” of the board members.

Board Vice-President Lisa Roth and Board Member Barry Long were each recognized for eight years of service, while Board President David Kennedy and Board Member Robert Cohen were each honored for 20 years of service.

Board Member Jef Reyburn was absent.

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