May 21, 2022

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PVSD tables furloughs and increases taxes as super submits resignation

Enjoyable Valley School District superintendent Lee Lesisko declared his retirement immediately after only one calendar year on the job, amid a wave of resignations and retirements fueled in component by discussions of workers furloughs and other cuts. 

Lesisko was employed as Superintendent of PVSD in April of 2020 and announced his retirement just more than a yr later on June 10, leaving driving two several years still left on his agreement and a starting off salary of $155,000.

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Lesisko introduced 16 many years of services with the district, possessing served as Director of Know-how and lead administrator for the Pleasant Valley Cyber Academy. 

He faced his very first calendar year as superintendent at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. His deal was established to expire June 30, 2023.

In September of 2020, a petition was started by Alice Wheelis on Improve.org calling for the resignation of Lesisko. The petition in depth the mishandling of the cyber university selection, delayed begin to the university 12 months, absence of materials and how over 400 out of 1,200 students have been still left with no wherever to go immediately after ready to get into the PV Cyber Faculty. 

“This superintendent possibly blatantly lied to the board and the taxpayers about the situation, realizing mom and dad would have pursued schooling exterior the district or he is grossly unfit and incompetent to be assigned as the Superintendent of our district.” The petition mentioned. “There is only a single answer to this situation and that is to resign and let our district to find somebody that is qualified plenty of to not only guide our terrific district but is ready to take care of the new specialized needs in a remote age and in a pandemic that is not heading wherever in the foreseeable long run.”

The petition obtained 319 signatures out of the essential 500 and bundled opinions from mom and dad reiterating their dissatisfaction with Lesisko and board members over the unorganized faculty opening and deficiency of communication.  

Following the pandemic shut down of brick and mortar faculties in the spring of 2020, several universities struggled to navigate the on line changeover and all set their schooling supply programs for the 2020-2021 college 12 months.

At the start of the 2020-2021 faculty year, all Monroe County faculties districts defaulted to some diploma of on line mastering as very well as giving their individual in-property cyber university choices.

Even so, unlike other neighborhood districts, Pleasurable Valley Cyber Academy works by using an outsourced business, VLN Companions to run their in-home cyber school, which averaged 200-plus students yearly prior to the pandemic.

“The concern with VLN is that when COVID hit, we were being then pushing above 700 learners in our PV cyber university and we uncovered at the onset that VLN was not equipped to handle this sort of an enhance,” claimed Donna Yozwiak, PVSD board president. “As a consequence we missing a large variety (of pupils) to the outside cyber/constitution schools. While our curriculum is composed by our instructors, the cyber college is operate through VLN.”

Assistant superintendent Dr. Ray Howard defined in a assertion to the board, “that in get to get our possess PV cyber up and working to the point exactly where our have lecturers are jogging the faculty and not VLN, it will choose up to a 12 months.”  

“We are slowly developing our cyber program and will be working on that really energetically this year,” Yozwiak stated. “So VLN will nevertheless be assisting us in our PV cyber presentation to our families this year for a different year right up until we are on our possess.”

“We are seeing a significant improve in re-enrollment in all of our colleges, everything is on the upswing,” Yozwiak explained. “We are contacting all of the families from every single developing that have taken their little ones and enrolled this previous calendar year in outside the house cyber charters.”

Yozwiak said she is hopeful that they will return students in the district and achieve over 80% enrollment in just about every of their school properties for elementary, middle and substantial school. 

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Dr. Charlene Brennan has assumed tasks as the interim superintendent whilst the district lookups for a new superintendent. She’ll remain on till November or till the board finds a new fulltime substitution for Lesisko. 

Brennan is a retired director of IU20 and formerly served as PVSD’s interim superintendent in 2019 following David Piperato resigned to acquire the superintendent work in Easton. 

Initiatives to reach Lesisko for comment ended up unsuccessful.

Furloughs, tax hikes, extra changes 

On April 23, the PVSD board passed a resolution that would permit up to 51 furloughs of personnel and tax raises following budgetary shortfalls seeking into subsequent 12 months. The district had  skilled significant enrollment losses to outside the house cyber/constitution educational facilities at the commencing of the the 2020-2021 college calendar year.

The district has obtained 13 retirement apps and eight resignations so far in 2021.

“The board has since voted on June 10 to rescind all furloughs at this time,” Yozwiak stated. “It was a unanimous vote to table the matter until eventually the finish of the calendar year. We also handed a 2.75% tax boost to meet finances up coming yr.”

The tax enhance phone calls for a levy of 23.5481 mills in property tax and the Act 511 gained earnings tax of .5% and real estate transfer tax of .5%. This totals .6302 mill or a 2.75% raise in contrast to final year’s spending plan.

The current interim business enterprise manager, Joe Surridge, will be leaving PVSD in August and be replaced with new business manager, Michael Simonetta.

“We experienced a preliminary spending budget at the state index of 4.1% raise, but as we labored by means of to the final spending plan, we were being in a position to whittle it down drastically,” Yozwiak claimed. “We will reevaluate subsequent year.”

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