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Crestwood superintendent and business manager resign for new jobs

WRIGHT TWP. –Crestwood School District Superintendent Robert Mehalick and Business Manager Peter Bard both tendered their resignations to the school board at Thursday’s monthly meeting. The board unanimously approved, with chairman Barry Boone praising the work of the two men, saying Mehalick’s deep care for the district “is unquestioned” and that Bard “led the district from the edge from bankruptcy to stable ground”.

Mehalick has accepted an assistant superintendent position with the Hazleton Area School District, while Bard is heading to the Susquenita School District in Perry County as assistant superintendent of finance. Boone said Bard got an offer that Crestwood couldn’t match, and Bard said his new salary would be $32,500 more than his current salary.

Bard’s Crestwood’s contract calls for 90 days’ notice, so his last day will be April 17. Mehalick’s contract requires at least 60 days’ notice, but he said he would stay longer if needed to ensure a smooth transition for the next superintendent. The search process for a new person is expected to begin on Friday, he added.

The council also voted to keep any property tax increases within the state limit known as the Act 1 index. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, Crestwood’s Act 1 index is 4.2 %. The vote does not mean that there will be a tax increase. He gave council until May 30 to establish and approve a preliminary budget.

The board also:

• Approval of an agreement to use Forecast5 Analytics at an annual cost of $10,900, prorated at $4,190. Forecast5 boasts of helping schools use data to create budgets, model scenarios, and “make strategic decisions to optimize student outcomes.”

• Accepted the resignation of Kim Meckes, music teacher at Fairview Elementary.

• Named Jennifer Boone as a long-term replacement for the remainder of the school year. Barry Boone withdrew from the vote.

• Appointment of Paula Mohutsky as a music teacher at Fairview Elementary at $51,253, Melissa Fisher as a part-time para-educator at $16.75 per hour after a 60-day probationary period at 10% less, April McKeown as a part-time janitor at $17.32 per hour after a 60-day probationary period, and Florence Rowski as a part-time General Food Services worker at $17.53 per hour after a 60 day probation.

• Named Joseph Tattersall as head coach of $4,408 college volleyball and Sara Meyers as head coach of college field hockey at $8,072

Contact Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish