When the school year starts in a few weeks, two familiar faces will not be around at Philipsburg-Osceola.
The school district will be losing its director of food services, Laura Frye, and director of student services Cindi Marsh.
On Tuesday, the school board accepted the resignations of both women.
Frye has been instrumental in lessening the red ink in the district’s cafeteria budget. While dealing with increased requirements from the federal government regarding nutrition, she also increased the number of kids who took advantage of the school’s options.
Breakfast was her most important meal of the day. She started a program to bring meal carts into the hallways at the secondary level, giving students a chance to grab food between classes in the morning. She also instituted a free breakfast trial program in 2014, trying to take the stigma away from the breakfast offerings by opening them to students regardless of economic qualification, believing it would help education.
Superintendent Gregg Paladina said Frye would be going to work for both Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte districts.
“It’s better for her financially since it comes with more responsibility,” he said.
The story was much the same for Marsh, who will be leaving for Keystone Central to work with more students at a bigger district.
Marsh has lobbied for students with special needs and medical issues at P-O during her tenure, expanding the amount of services she was able to offer by utilizing state and federal programs.
“While both of these employees will be missed, I am excited about the future at P-O,” said Paladina.
Marsh’s position will be advertised. Frye’s will fall under the new food services contract with Metz Culinary Management.