Despite continuing cuts to public education throughout the state, the Wilson Area School District has added a number of new staff to its rolls for the 2014-15 academic year.
The Wilson Area School Board at Monday's meeting unanimously approved a host of teachers and a staff member for next year.
Individuals approved by the board include Kelly Hedlund and Carrie Saylor, both as Spanish teachers at Wilson Area High School; Rachel Fuehrer as an eighth-grade biology teacher at Wilson Area Intermediate School; Ashley Klitsch as a sixth-grade special education teacher at Wilson Area Intermediate School; and Elizabeth Cooper as a third-grade teacher at Wilson Borough Elementary School.
The salaries of the teachers range from $45,144 to $46,898.
The board also approved Wayne Horninger to serve as a district bus mechanic at an annual salary of $55,693.
"Since spring break, the administration has been interviewing for numerous personnel vacancies," district Superintendent Doug Wagner said.
The addition of new staff is the result of retirements and resignations.
Wagner told board members vacancies still exist that must be filled including an elementary teaching position, a part-time speech and language position, a part-time instructional aide position and a part-time in-school suspension aide.
"We are confident that we will find the right people for these positions by the Aug. 18 board meeting," he said.
Wagner welcomed the new staff to the district.
"Congratulations everyone and welcome aboard," he told the new appointees in attendance.
In other business, Wagner presented board members with an update on a district cyber options open house held recently.
The purpose of the open house was to inform cyber charter school students of the district's program.
"Based on the discussion, we hope that ten students will be either transferring into our cyber option or starting school in one of our buildings this fall," Wagner said.
The program offers a rigorous curriculum affording students the opportunity to participate in district events and programs.
"Basically, all the benefits available to current Wilson Area School District students are made available to students enrolled in the district's cyber option," Wagner said.