Hanover Area school board selects new busi­ness man­ager

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - BY MICHAEL P. BUF­FER STAFF WRITER

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: mbuffer@cit­i­zensvoice.com 570-821-2073, @cvmike­buffer

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