Hanover Area school board selects new business manager
HANOVER TWP. — Seven months after the last business manager for the Hanover Area School District resigned, a divided school board picked a new business manager.
The board on Tuesday voted 5-4 to hire Robert Kachurak as business manager with an annual salary of $95,000. Kachurak, a senior accountant with Forty Fort-based Zavada and Associates, has worked there since 1995, and his job included audit field work for school districts, governmental agencies and other nonprofit clients, according to the company website.
Zavada has audited Hanover Area in recent years, and Kachurak worked on pieces of district audits, Solicitor Jack Dean said. Kachurak, 46, lives in Fairview Twp., records show.
Tom Cipriano Jr. resigned in June to take another job amid a furor over district finances, and the board refused to approve a severance payment for him. His contract was set to expire in September, and Cipriano has threatened legal action against the district through an attorney, officials disclosed.
Hanover Area began the fiscal year with a fund-balance deficit of nearly $5.6 million and has the highest school property tax rate in Luzerne County.
Several people attending a board meeting in August questioned the board about rumors Luzerne County pension coordinator Rick Hummer was going to be the next district business manager. At the August meeting, acting Superintendent William Jones confirmed Hummer was interviewed for the job, but the board didn’t vote on a motion to appoint a business manager until Tuesday.
The following voted to appoint Kachurak: John Mahle, Lorraine Heydt, Frank Ciavarella Jr., Vic Kopko and Joyce Potsko. The following voted against: Stacy McGovern, Kevin Quaglia, Joseph Steininger and Paul Holmgren.
Hummer has deep roots in the district. The Hanover Area graduate lives in Hanover Twp. with his wife, a Hanover Area guidance counselor. His twin brother, Ron Hummer, is a computer systems administrator for the district and was Hanover Area head football coach for nine seasons until 2014. Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer