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Frontier hires new food service manager

Frontier Central School District Tuesday night hired its third food service manager in a year.

The cafeteria program lost money for several years, and last year was on track to lose nearly $300,000.

Changes were made, and after Food Service Director Susan Birmingham resigned last year after 28 years with the district, the position was converted to part-time. Birmingham returned on a limited basis to help out the new school lunch manager, Iris Reed.

Reed also resigned, and the board hired Jason Whipple Tuesday at an annual salary of $55,000.

The position was changed to an 11- month job because district officials determined it was more than a half time job, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said. Tuesday night board members changed the lunch manager position from seven hours a day for 11 months to eight hours a day year-round.

The food service account is a separate account, and is to be self supporting. After running a deficit, the fund is projected to have a surplus of about $20,000 this year, Apthorpe said.

The School Board also appointed Deanne Lester assistant principal at the Middle School. She has been a teacher in Buffalo and an instructional coach helping teachers in the classroom, Apthorpe said. She will be paid $68,000.

The School Board also created six “preferred” substitute positions Tuesday. There’s always at least one teacher absent on any given day from any of Frontier Central’s six schools, and the preferred subs are guaranteed to work every day in the same school, the superintendent said.

“The preferred subs are guaranteed a five-day per diem rate and they are guaranteed to work five days a week ,” he said. “It allows you to vet potential teachers.”

He said have instructors familiar with the building and the programs also allows the district to offer a higher quality program.

Apthorpe said the district often hires teachers who have served as substitute teachers. Some of the seven teachers hired Tuesday night had been subs in the district, he said. The board also hired seven long-term substitute teachers who will fill semester-long openings.

There’s also another opening in the district’s management team. The School Board accepted the resignation of Treasurer James Pelonero Tuesday.