Nazareth Area School District is so pleased with the work of business administrator Bernadine Rishcoff that it has approved a five-year contract extension that doesn’t begin until the end of the upcoming school year.
The contract extension, which the school board approved Monday night, runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019.
Rishcoff's salary under the extension will be $140,000, according to superintendent Dennis Riker.
"As superintendent, I am very pleased to have Ms. Rishcoff remain in the district as a part of my administrative team," Riker said in an e-mail to Patch. "She has done an excellent job in assisting our district in navigating through a very difficult economic period."
Rishcoff, who grew up in Allentown, will celebrate her 15-year anniversary with the district on March 2, she said in an e-mail to Patch. Rishcoff added that she has spent the most years of service in the district as an administrator.
"I am very appreciative of the support that I have from Dr. Riker and the Nazareth Area School District Board of Directors," Rishcoff said. "Nazareth is a great place to be! We are doing so many wonderful things here for the students. I am grateful to be a part of it."
Rishcoff has a total of 32 years of experience in education. She also has worked in the following school districts: Saucon Valley, Panther Valley and Palmerton.
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and computer science from Cedar Crest College.
In other personnel action Monday night, the board appointed fellow member Chris Miller as a representative to the Career Institute of Technology board. Miller replaces Chris Audenried, who resigned his board seat to take a seat on Nazareth Borough Council.
The board also approved the appointment of Bangor Area School Board’s Pamela Colton to the Northampton Community College board of trustees. She will fill the unexpired term of Bruce Cameron through June 30, 2018.
The following are other personnel matters approved by the board Monday night:
Susan Whyte, replacement cafeteria monitor, initial assignment at Lower Nazareth Elementary; Josh Beil and Karen Lieberman, approved list of bus drivers for Jennings Transportation.
Robin Dougherty, cafeteria monitor, Lower Nazareth Elementary, effective Jan. 18.
The board also approved a list of coaches for spring sports -- baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track, boys volleyball -- as well as Joseph Celin as assistant athletic director -- spring assistant.