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Easton Space College Board hires marketing consultant till chief monetary officer can report

The Easton Space College Board will use a marketing consultant to bridge the hole till its new chief monetary officer can begin in October.

The board accredited hiring Blue Mountain College District Enterprise Administrator Michael Sokoloski to be its new chief monetary officer. He’ll take over for Chief Working Officer Michael Simonetta, whose resignation was accredited June 29. The resignation turns into efficient inside 60 days of Simonetta’s June 1 resignation letter.

Sokoloski gained’t be capable to begin his new job till roughly Oct. 15, Easton Space College Board President George Chando stated on the faculty board assembly Tuesday, July 13. You’ll be able to watch the assembly on the varsity district’s YouTube channel.

To bridge that hole, the varsity board agreed to rent the SOS Group of Phoenixville, Pa., to deal with monetary issues. SOS Group shall be paid $115 an hour for its work. SOS stands for College Operation Providers.

It’s unclear why the district didn’t have a substitute lined up instantly for Simonetta. There was no remark on the board assembly on hiring Sokoloski. Simonetta had no remark when reached after his resignation.

Chando had this to say when the varsity district funds was accredited on the finish of June:

“I do know we’ve gone by our numerous audits the place we’ve had precise revenues exceed budgeted revenues and we’ve had precise expenditures exceed budgeted expenditures by a number of million {dollars} during the last couple of years. I hope we’ve cleared up a few of these objects in order that this funds represents that we will dwell inside our means.”

The vote to rent Sokoloski was 5-3, based on Superintendent David Piperato. Chando, Meg Sayago, Susan Hartranft-Bittinger, Michelle Value and Brian Snyder voted to rent Sokoloski. Thomas Guth, Jodi Hess and Ed Keegan voted to not rent him. Invoice Whitman was absent.

The vote to rent SOS Group was 7-1. Hess was the lone “no” vote and Whitman was absent.

Reached by e-mail, Sokoloski confirmed he has been with the Blue Mountain College District in Schuylkill County since June 2020. Earlier than that he was the enterprise administrator for the Stroudsburg Space College District from February 2016 till June 2020. He had no touch upon his appointment in Easton.

His annual 2021-22 wage shall be $160,000, prorated for the time he serves within the submit. His contract is for 5 years. The contract says he should give no less than 90 days’ discover if he resigns.

For the 2022-23 faculty 12 months Sokoloski’s contract ensures him $162,000.

Annually after that he can earn raises as much as 3% primarily based on the advice of the superintendent.

He’ll get 25 trip days, 14 private days and may carry over as much as 25 sick days from the Blue Mountain College District.

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