School district hopes to fill two vacancies

For years, Warren County School District has been reducing its staff.

But there is one particular position that the district is having trouble filling.

“We currently have a shortage in our school psychology department,” Director of Pupil Services Dr. Patricia Hawley said. “We have two vacancies that we are trying to fill and have been unsuccessful.”

At Hawley’s urging prior to the start of school, the board approved adding a school psychologist position. Hawley said she has reached out to Edinboro University to check on possible future candidates as well as candidates who are currently working as contractors for the Erie School District, Intermediate Unit #5, and other local and regional contacts.

Hiring is proving difficult.

“There is such a need for these positions these people are going where the money is,” Committee Member Paul Mangione said.

From the IU, Hawley contacted seven candidates directly. “The leads… three of those seven have said that they were available but not interested because of the location.”

The district will keep trying.

“We’re going to post the positions using a national forum online,” she said.

Sheffield football co-op

Sheffield Area High School Principal Kim Yourchisin said there have been some rumors about the future of the school’s varsity football program.

The cooperative football agreement between Sheffield and Abraxas 1 will be extended, pending approval by the school board.

“As of Oct. 18, Abraxas has said that they are going to co-op with us again for football,” Yourchisin told the personnel, athletics, co-curricular activities committee.

WAHS gym

The gymnasium floor at Warren Area High School is “looking very good,” according to Assistant Principal Amy Stimmell.

“Winter sports are going to be very happy to have their gym back,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said.