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Hancock School Board Hires Teachers, Approves Principal Contracts

The Hancock Board of Education approved several new hires at last night’s meeting.

Thomas Hunt will succeed Chris Orlandi as a high school math teacher. Michele Serafin will serve as a guidance counselor, and Diana Langdon was hired as an elementary special education teacher.

Contracts for elementary principal Dan Vaara, middle school principal Steve Aho and high school principal and athletic director Chris Salani were approved, with the three receiving high praise from superintendent Steve Patchin…

“They’ve had a very calming effect on the staffs, I think, and their teams. When times get tough, that’s when these guys really start to pull together.”

Patchin also noted that the “interim” tag has been removed from the titles of Aho and Salani.

The board increased the pay for substitute teachers from $85 per day to $110 per day. Patchin said that, with an emphasis on staying home from work at the first sign of illness, there’s a danger that a teacher shortage could cost days in the classroom. He wanted the district to have every chance to remain fully staffed.

Hancock had once considered beginning school on September 1st, but calendar the board approved last night sets the start date on September 8th, with Patchin explaining that the extra time is needed to make sure COVID-19 procedures are ready..

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