Two Oil City teachers receive grants from School Retirees group

Two Oil City School District teachers were recognized and received grants from the Venango County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees at Monday’s Oil City School Board meeting.

Katie Purvis, a science teacher at Oil City High School, and Lauren Stoltz, an English/reading teacher at the middle school, were each presented an Educational Support Grant by Diana Fesenmyer, the president of the Venango Chapter of the PASR, which awards the grants to teachers annually.

Purvis plans to purchase six 3D molecular design kits to help students learn about amino acids and proteins in a hands-on manner.

Stolz applied for the grant to purchase books for proficient and advanced reading students, including biographies and autobiographies, as well as “investigative texts and narrative poetry” to use in accelerated middle school literature classes.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the board accepted the retirement of Shirley McLaughlin, the confidential secretary at the district’s administrative office, effective Jan. 13, 2023.

McLaughlin said she has worked a total of 34 years in public education. She has been the district’s confidential secretary for about 16 and a half years.

Prior to that, she worked at the Intermediate Unit 6 for 18 years.

“I have no idea how we will replace Shirley. It will be a monumental task,” board member Fred Weaver said.

The board also approved Act 93, the contract with district administrators, effective until June 30, 2027.

Superintendent Lynda Weller said the agreement includes changes to the administrators’ contract to align it with the collective bargaining agreement for professional staff.

This includes a framework for pay increases and bringing benefits into alignment with the professional staff agreement, Weller said.

The vote was 8-1 with Weaver casting the dissenting vote.


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