Penns Valley

Superintendent contract renewed at Penns Valley

The Penns Valley Area school board approved a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Brian Griffith during Wednesday’s meeting.
The Penns Valley Area school board approved a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Brian Griffith during Wednesday’s meeting. Centre Daily Times, file

Wednesday night’s Penns Valley Area school board meeting came with several approvals — one of which was a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Brian Griffith.

According to a document from the district, Griffith’s new contact starts July 1.

The board approved the extension in an 8-1 vote, with member Mark Benfer the lone dissenter.

District business manager Lynn Naugle said a salary has yet to be determined until the Act 1 state index is released.

The index is used to determine the maximum increases for each tax the school district levies.

Naugle said the index is based on the average percent increase in the statewide average weekly wage and the federal employment cost index for schools.

Griffith’s salary in the 2015-16 school year was about $146,000, Naugle said.

In a unanimous decision, the nine-member school board also approved a series of admission fees for sporting events in the 2016-17 school year.

According to a document from the district, adult admission will be $5, and student admission is $3 — both $1 increases from previous years.

Athletic director and district spokesman Nate Althouse said there hasn’t been a sporting event price increase since the early 1990s.

“It was something we looked into and did a comparison with other schools in our league,” he said.

The district will, however, allow free admission to students younger than those in kindergarten, and students who present a valid Penns Valley Area School District identification card.

There is also complimentary admission to sporting events for district employees, Penns Valley area residents age 62 or older, volunteer workers, yearbook staff photographers, parents of seniors on senior night, and others deemed appropriate by the district on a limited basis.

The board also approved the sale of a Ten Event Flex Pass for adults to attend any 10 athletic events for $30.

Penns Valley Area charges admission into football, boys’ and girls’ soccer games, volleyball, basketball and wrestling.

Althouse said all money raised through admissions goes into the district’s general fund.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

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