June 28, 2022

Greensburg Salem searches again for business manager, OKs maintenance, custodial contract

The Greensburg Salem School Board last week approved a new three-year contract with maintenance and custodial workers extending through June 2024.

The board also agreed to search for two new central office administrators, including a replacement for business manager Joan Wehner, who has resigned to accept a similar post at Riverview School District in Oakmont.

Wehner on Monday was hired by the Riverview School Board at a salary of $112,000.

Previously serving as business manager in McKeesport Area School District, Wehner was hired by Greensburg Salem in December at $105,000.

The Greensburg Salem board accepted her resignation at its Wednesday meeting.

“It was an opportunity for me and my family,” Wehner, who lives in North Huntingdon, said of her pending move between districts. “I know it’s been just a short time here (in Greensburg Salem), but I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Wehner’s departure date has yet to be determined. Greensburg Salem Superintendent Ken Bissell said she will continue to be involved in refining of the district’s proposed $49.1 million 2022-23 budget, which is subject to final board approval in June.

“In the time she’s been here, she’s been phenomenal,” Bissell said of Wehner. “She deserves to do what’s best for her and her family. We wish her nothing but the best.”

Greensburg Salem also is looking to fill a newly defined administrative post: coordinator of human resources, remote learning and assessment.

District officials noted it would not add to the overall number of administrators since Bissell was not replaced as coordinator of secondary education when he became acting superintendent last July.

Bissell noted it’s been a matter of “juggling and prioritizing” for him to handle the duties of both positions.

“This will be a big help getting somebody else in,” he said.

He said the proposed new administrator “will be taking care of a lot of the human resource and personnel items. They’re also going to take over a lot of the items with online learning and other ancillary items, like helping with transportation issues.

“That will allow me to still help with curriculum and instruction.”

He said the district likely will begin with an internal search as it looks to fill the post.

The agreement with Greensburg Salem Maintenance and Custodial Workers Local 627 covers six maintenance employees and 20 custodial workers. It is retroactive to July 1 and is subject to review by the district solicitor.

The hourly base wage for maintenance workers will increase by $1 per year, up to $26.31 in the 2023-24 school year.

In 2022-23, daytime custodial workers who were hired before Aug. 13, 2014, will receive a base hourly pay hike of 40 cents, to $24.29, while evening custodial workers will see a 45-cent raise, to $24.13. Those wage levels will remain unchanged in the final year of the contract.

Those veteran custodians who begin work after 3 p.m. on a given day will be paid an additional shift differential of 10 cents per hour.

Custodians hired on or after Aug. 13, 2014, will get hourly pay hikes of 75 cents in each of the contract’s first two years, followed by a wage freeze in the final year.

The hourly starting rate for those less-senior custodians is set at $15 for this school year and $17 in each of the subsequent years. The maximum rate in each of the final two years is $21 per hour.

Evening shift leaders at the middle school and high school will be paid an additional 20 cents per hour.

The district might decide to hire a working foreman, who would be paid $1 per hour extra.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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