ShareThis Page
Yough library aides furloughed |

Yough library aides furloughed

| Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:00 a.m

The Yough School Board has furloughed all three of the district’s elementary school library aides.

The board on Thursday unanimously voted to let go Brandy Hall, Rebecca Pecora and Diane O’Rourke. Pecora and O’Rourke were hired in November 2009; Hall was hired in August 2008.

Before the 5-0 vote was cast, some citizens in attendance offered comments.

Linda Leghart of Jacobs Creek expressed concern about the ability to keep the elementary school libraries open all the time, even with a librarian assigned to each school.

“I have serious reservations as to whether it’s a wise move to let these people go,” she said.

Director Diane Appolonia said a grievance from the union prevents the aides from being in the library with children if the librarian is not present.

“If the librarians were in the computer room, technically the library aides could not be able to be there with other students. … So really, there is no benefit to have the library aides,” she said.

When there were only librarians, volunteers help keep the library staffed, Leghart said. “We don’t have the library support now that we had then,” she said.

O’Rourke, the aide at H.W. Good, told the board that the librarian there will not be able to do all her work without closing the library more than two days in each six-day cycle.

Board President Ruth Bisko said that would not be acceptable. Elementary Principal Keith Reidmiller said schedules are still being adjusted.

The directors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to hire a superintendent.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.