By LindaReilly

SPIRIT correspondent

Upper Darby’s school board has approved a new principal for Aronimink Elementary School and changed the status of four administrators, appointing them principals at four elementary schools in the district at a recent meeting.

“We are excited to welcome a number of new elementary principals in the 2016-2017 school year,” Manager of Media Services Dana Spino said.

Brian Booher, new to the district, was hired to lead Aronimink Elementary in Drexel Hill, at an annual salary of $109,872.

Brian Booher has been named the new principal of Aronimink Elementary School.

Brian Booher has been named the new principal of Aronimink Elementary School.

Booher previously worked as an assistant principal in the Solanco School District in Quarryville, Lancaster County. He is replacing Susan Ortley, named the district’s Language Arts, Reading and World Languages Curriculum supervisor.

Marc Comfort, former assistant principal at Upper Darby High School for the past three years earning $100,946, will serve as principal at Westbrook Park Elementary School at an annual salary of $107,788.

Comfort replaces Frank Nunan who becomes the district’s athletic director, Spino said.

Timothy McEntee, a former Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) specialist at Bywood Elementary School for seven years, earning $61,648, was named principal of Bywood at an annual salary of $100,000. McEntee replaces Ed Marchaleck, now serving as director of Special Education for the district.

“(McEntee) is a familiar face in the Bywood community,” Spino said.

Kristin O’Neill, also a former RtII specialist in the district for 15 years, earning $64,968, will now become principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in Drexel Hill, at an annual salary of $100,000.

Tony Watson, former assistant principal at Beverly Hills Middle School for the past two years, earning $102,122, will move into the principal’s office at Walter

M. Senkow Elementary School in Glenolden, at an annual salary of $112,599.

“Just recently we learned that Dr. George Ramoundos has accepted a position at a neighboring school district,” Spino said. “We wish (him) well and will notify the Charles Kelly Elementary School community once his replacement has been named,” Spino said.

In other business, the board approved an amendment to the lease agreement with St. George Catholic Church, where the Senkow School is located, to purchase 89 cafeteria-style tables at a cost of $7,372.15.

According to Spino, new tables were needed to improve student safety.

“The church agreed to pay for half of the tables,” Spino said. “In the event that we no longer lease the space, the church will retain half the tables and the district will take ownership of the other half. The district paid the invoice but was reimbursed by the church through a
rent reduction.”

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