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Hertlein will head district

John W. Hertlein is the new superintendent of the Brocton Central School District, officials announced at Thursday's School Board meeting.

Hertlein's appointment begins July 1. He will replace John Skahill, who is retiring after nine years as superintendent.

Hertlein has been employed by the Silver Creek Central School District since 2005 as high school principal.

He began his career as an elementary teacher in Smethport, Pa. In 1981, he was appointed principal for kindergarten through 12th grades in the Sherman Central School District.

He also was elementary principal for the Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, Pa., where he also served as superintendent for a short time.

In 1990, he joined the Bolivar Central School District as director of student personnel. At the same time he served as director of prekindergarten, chairman of the committee on special education and manager of curriculum and grants.

Hertlein holds three master's degrees from St. Bonaventure in education, educational administration, and school and community counseling. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, who are both in college.

On another issue, Skahill told the board that because of low enrollment in boys soccer and the lack of a girls soccer coach, he is recommending that football and girls volleyball be reinstated to replace the soccer program.

He said football would only be possible if the Brocton booster club raised $4,500 to pay the remainder of the cost for the program. A representative of the booster club said the club has $3,000 in its bank account and is certain that $4,500 could be raised to help support football.

Skahill said 45 boys signed up for football, before the program was eliminated from the school budget. He said he would like to believe that that many students would turn out for the first football meeting if football were reinstated.

He said 33 girls signed up for volleyball before that sport was cut from the budget.

In other business, three teachers received tenure: Stephanie Brash, Nicholas Williams and Kenneth Purcell. Jennifer Rammelt was appointed to the position of school nurse.

The board will hold its reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. July 8 in the board room.