Two longtime administrators retiring from Dallas School District

Mar. 11—DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School Board accepted the planned retirements of two long-term administrators during Monday's regular monthly meeting. Technology Director William Gartrell will retire at the end of the current school year. Business Manager Grant Palfey's retirement is set for Jan. 15, 2026.

Gartrell as been technology director at the district for at least 16 years, overseeing dramatic changes in the amount and type of technology in the classrooms, and ushering in the routine use of Zoom to make board meetings available online.

Palfey has been business manager for at least two decades, frequently recommending actions to hold down costs, most notably the board's decision to withdraw from the Northeast Pennsylvania School District Health Trust, a consortium of area districts formed to lower health insurance costs through greater purchasing power. With a background in the health insurance industry, Palfey argued the district could save more money on its own.

The board also:

—Accepted the resignations of Emily Fasciana as assistant high school girls volleyball coach and Hannah Bonomo as middle school cross country assistant-in-charge, and appointed Peyton Ross as assistant softball coach at $2,736 and Abigail James as assistant-in-charge for track at $3,257.

—Confirmed the interim appointment of Michelle Volkel as custodian.

—Confirmed the interim appointment of Laura Kumiega and Sabrina Brillon as bus/van drivers employed by transportation contractor G. Davis, Inc.

—Changed the board meeting dates for the next three months: April's meeting will move from April 8 to April 15, May will move from May 6 to May 13, and June will move from June 10 to June 27.

—Approved a $5,000 donation to the high school lock-down.

—Accepted the resignation of house keeper Donnell Jackson, and the retirements of Deborah Pike, JoAnn Morris, Ruth Skammer, Barbara Richardson, Scott Saba, Dawn Williams, Harry McKeown, Donna King and Tammy Solomon.

Reach Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112