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June 17, 2014

Student ‘Garden’ includes rain, sunshine ground hogs

DANVILLE — Kindergartners in Miki Swank’s Danville Primary School class put on an end-of-year play for 30 of their friends and family members.

Held at 1 p.m., Thursday, the play was based on the children’s book “Whose Garden Is It?,” with students portraying farmers, sunshine, rain, ground hogs, trees, snakes and other parts of a garden’s ecosystem.

The students created all the costumes, props and scenery themselves and had been practicing since mid-May, Swank said.

“They were very, very excited. They practiced hard,” she said.

“High-speed, low-drag hair club”

Danville Primary School principal John Bickhart’s new haircut continued to be a hot topic of conversation at the June 10 school board meeting.

Bickhart had his head shaved into a Mohawk in front of his school’s 500 plus students as a reward for them meeting a year-long reading goal. Board president Allan Schappert welcomed Bickhart to “the high-speed, low-drag hair club,” and jokingly suggested Bickhart’s new look might be an improvement.

“I think it is,” said Bickhart with a laugh.

One critic wasn’t quite sold on it, though — Bickhart’s 8-year old son, Ryan.

“He looks funny,” Ryan said, following his dad’s public shaving on June 9.

New teachers welcomed

The Danville Area School District welcomed nine new teacher hires to their schools during the June 10 board meeting.

Superintendent Cheryl Latorre personally welcomed the new teachers who attended Tuesday night’s school board meeting. All the teacher’s contracts will begin at the start of the 2014-2015 school years. As the teacher contract is still under negotiation with the school board, all salary and benefit rates reflect the previous contract, which expired in June of 2012.

The new teachers are Adam Kocher, autistic support teacher at the primary school, with a total compensation package of $72,256; Brent Sample, special education teacher for the eLearning Cyber Academy, with a total compensation package of $40,703; Sara Mumper, learning support teacher at Liberty Valley Intermediate, with a package worth $67,554; Gianna Evancho, kindergarten teacher at Danville Primary, with a compensation package worth $70,242; Mark Klein, health and physical education teacher at Danville Middle, with a compensation package worth $80,466; Kelly Warner, sixth-grade language arts teacher, compensation package worth $67,554; Pelle Nejman, long-term substitute for language arts at Danville Middle, compensation package worth $66,805; Veronica Yerger, physical education teacher at Danville High, compensation package worth $89,530, and Rebecca Readler, math teacher at Danville High, compensation package worth $80,466.

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