Niles principal and teachers plan to retire

NILES – A longtime area principal will retire from his position in July.

The resignation of Niles Middle School’s John Yuhasz was accepted by the Niles Board of Education during Thursday’s meeting, along with seven teachers and a guidance counselor.

Yuhasz has been principal in the district for more than 30 years, along with several of the teachers.

Board of Education President Tony Perrone said the retirements may be due in part to changes in the State Teachers Retirement System that take effect next year.

“The reality of it is you’re seeing not just Niles go through that, but a lot of districts in the area,” Perrone said.

Superintendent Frank Danso said whether the positions are all filled will depend on the enrollment next year.

In other action, the board:

Approved the resignations of Judy Brian, first grade teacher; Joseph Dean, language arts teacher; Rosalba DelGenio, Title I teacher; Loren Gargano, guidance counselor; Mary Little, Spanish teacher; Joyce Mahan, fourth-grade teacher; Mary Ann McMahan, third-grade teacher; Jolane Penksa, language arts teacher; Marjorie Palen, assistant cook; and Shawntel Six, bus driver and assistant cook;

Employed John Jones as maintenance supervisor and Craig Longacre as bus driver;

Granted continuing contract status to Patricia Clark, teacher of exceptional children;

Appointed Stephanie Pierko to an assistant girls softball position for the 2012-13 school year and granted a one-year personal service contract;

l Approved a four-week pre-kindergarten summer intervention program funded by funds from the district and the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley;

Approved the application for the Martha Holden Jennings Deep Learning Grant;

Approved Maria Sune Belmonte of Spain as an exchange student at Niles McKinley High School for the 2013-14 school year;

Approved the Niles McKinley High School choir’s request for a field trip May 18 to Cedar Point;

Approved a resolution accepting the lowest bid for a loose furnishings package and a music furnishings package in connection with the district’s Ohio School Facilities Commission Project from Tom Sexton and Associates for $440,777 and Martin Public Seating for $36,535.