LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Dr. Maura Roberts, who was hired in September 2014 as director of pupil services for the Pottsgrove School District, resigned from the job last week to accept a position elsewhere, district Director of Technology and Communications Michael Wagman reported Wednesday morning (March 9, 2016).
Roberts’ resignation was effective immediately when tendered Friday (March 4), Wagman said in a later e-mail.
Until the district hires Roberts’ permanent replacement, he added, the pupil services department will be headed by Kathryn “Kate” Pacitto, its supervisor of special education. Pacitto will receive help from Dr. Sylvia Cohn, who the district brought on during late February as a temporary independent contractor to rebuild its gifted learning program.
Additionally, according to Wagman, the district will seek to contract services with outside agencies for special education “supervisory support”.
The department provides health, social, and psychological services; counseling, gifted education, special education functions, and district wellness programs.
The Board of School Directors officially approved Roberts’ resignation Tuesday night (March 8) as part of actions dealing with professional personnel, but that may not have been immediately apparent to members of the public attending the board meeting at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School.
The item regarding Roberts’ departure was not part of the regular agenda available for download at the district website. It also was not included in printed agenda copies distributed at the meeting.
Instead, it appeared with another action item on a supplemental page supplied only to directors “just prior to the meeting” and after they received the original agenda and other materials, Wagman explained. He said he was not aware until Wednesday that the supplemental, or “A,” page was not publicly distributed.
Superintendent Shellie Feola will recommend the duration of Cohn’s work contract, which currently is limited to two days weekly for a maximum total cost of $22,000, be extended during the search period for Roberts’ successor, Wagman said. That proposal is likely to show up during the board’s workshop meeting scheduled for March 22 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. in the district office, 1301 Kauffman Rd.
In a press release regarding the resignation, the district thanked Roberts “for her service to the community and wishes her well as she pursues future endeavors.”
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ March 8 meeting):