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Palmerton School District Business Manager Gives Notice – Times News Online

Published on September 23, 2021 at 2:45 p.m.

The Palmerton Area School District accepted the resignation of its business manager Ryan Kish on Tuesday evening.

Kish, who started with Palmerton in January 2016, was hired last month by the Northwestern Lehigh School District for the same role.

“While my decision to leave was not easy, I am thrilled with new challenges and the opportunity for continued professional growth,” Kish said. “My goal was to leave the district in better financial shape than when I started and I can say with confidence that I accomplished that. Today I am proud to say that the Palmerton Area School District is better positioned financially than any other school in the county.

While Kish’s resignation was effective Aug. 19, Palmerton can retain him for 90 days from that date, according to his contract with the district.

Kish’s contract with Northwestern, which requires him to earn $127,500, is effective Nov. 22.

His current five-year contract with Palmerton began on July 1, 2019, when he was expected to earn $96,400, with a 2% increase each year.

“For the past nearly six years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve this district and this community and have done my best to make a positive impact here,” Kish added. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such great staff, students and community members.”

Palmerton has announced its business manager and, according to the job posting on its website, is accepting applications until September 27.

Qualified candidates, according to the announcement, must possess a Bachelor of Science or a degree of arts in finance, accounting or business; a minimum of five years of experience in public education; and experience in managing service-based programs.

Other board approvals included:

• Hiring of Angela Rivera as an elementary school teacher, third grade, SS Palmer Elementary. at $46,750.

• Hiring of JoLynn Gazo as a secondary librarian/gifted teacher, long-term substitute, at an annual salary of $46,750 pro-rated beginning October 13, 2021, through the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

• Hiring Amanda Cappella to teach five hours per week of home schooling at the rate of $33 per hour until the end of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year.

• Ryan Schulz as a substitute cafeteria employee at the rate of $10 per hour.

• Resignation of Brianna Bush as a third-grade elementary teacher at SS Palmer Elementary.

• Retirement of Eileen Heiney as Food Service Attendant effective December 3rd.

• Miranda Allen as Chair of the Curriculum Advisory Council for Secondary School Art/Music/Technical Education for the 2021-22 school year with a stipend of $1,756.