Longtime Palmerton business professor resigns – Times News Online
Published on March 18, 2022 at 11:03 am
Another month brings another retirement for a longtime teacher at Palmerton Area High School.
The Palmerton School Board on Tuesday evening accepted the retirement notice of business education professor Thomas Smelas, effective at the end of the school year.
Principal Audrey Larvey, who had Smelas as a student when she was a substitute teacher, said he has taught for 35 years and has been “the backbone of the high school business department.”
“Mr. Smelas has been a department head for many years and has shown excellent leadership,” Larvey said. baseball We wish him well as he has served the district for a long time and has done a wonderful job.
In addition to his time as a teacher and coach, Smelas is also past president of the Palmerton Area Education Association and was one of the union’s top negotiators for many years.
“He’s the numbers guy and a strong trade unionist and he’ll defend it with a passion,” board chair Tammy Recker said of Smelas. “I truly believe the reason our teachers are so strong goes back to the days of Tom Smelas and Doc (Tom) Gilligan. I personally wish him well and can’t wait to see the many vacation videos he will have now with his extra time.
Last month, Palmerton accepted the retirement of Carol Andrews, a high school physical education and health teacher. She has worked in the district for 28 years.
In another official action Tuesday night, the Palmerton Area School District Board of Trustees approved the following:
• Keystone Consulting Engineers to design specifications and tender for the high school tennis court renovation project.
• Thyssen Krupp Elevator Corporation to update/replace the elevator controls at Elementary School and SS Palmer Elementary at a cost of $127,738.
• Call for tenders for the demolition of the Seventh Street country house.
• Hiring of Adrian Miller as food services attendant at an hourly rate of $13.85.
• Hiring of Brianna Keizer as a substitute teacher at a daily rate of $110.
• Kimberly Nenscel will teach five hours per week of home schooling at the rate of $33 per hour until the end of the 2021-22 school year.
• Retirement of Thomas Smelas as secondary school business teacher as of the end of the 2021-22 school year.
• Resignation of Cathy Laird as catering worker
• Contract with The Safeway Driving School Inc., from June 30, 2022 to June 30, 2025.
• The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 intergovernmental agreement for special education services for the 2022-23 school year.
• The Legal Services Consulting Agreement for Special Education Services with Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP, for the 2022-23 school year in the amount of $7,500.
• Trans-Bridge Lines Inc. Acceptance Agreement and Trans-Bridge Lines Coach/Bus Rental COVID-19 Waiver for National Honor Society Junior High School Field Trip to Hersheypark on May 13, 2022, in the amount of $1,087.14. All fees are paid through student fundraising.
• The catering reservation agreement with Hersheypark for the college’s National Honor Society reservation on May 13, 2022.
• Disc Jockey Event Services contract agreement with Lehigh Valley Events & Productions for the Class of 2022 Senior Prom on May 6, 2022 in the amount of $1,000.
• The rental agreement with LaRose’s Skating Rink for the Junior High Student Council Skating Night on April 26th.