Cumberland Valley School District

Students walk across campus at Cumberland Valley High School.

Students, staff and sports fans at Cumberland Valley School District can look forward to quenching their thirsts exclusively with Pepsi products for another five years.

On Tuesday night, the Cumberland Valley School Board approved a new five-year agreement for beverage vending and food services beverages with Bottling Group LLC, a subsidiary of Pepsico Inc. that’s based in Somers, New York, according to Bloomburg.com.

The school board also approved a new five-year sponsorship agreement on Tuesday with Bottling Group that will provide the district with $7,500 per year for meeting quota sales of Pepsi products. District officials renegotiated the sponsorship amount from an original proposal of $5,000 annually, according to Michael Willis, the district’s director of business and support services,

Contracts approved by the board on Tuesday are the district’s third renewals with Bottling Group. Sponsorship proceeds are placed in a district sponsorship fund, of which the current balance is $300,000. The championship wall erected last year at the high school is an example of the district’s sponsorship fund spending, Willis said.

Although Pepsi is widely associated with its line of carbonated, caffeinated beverages, purchasing them prohibited at district facilities during the school day, Willis said. In fact, all school vending machines throughout Pennsylvania are required to have timers that only permit sales of those beverages outside of the school day. When school is in session, the district is limited to selling “healthy” Pepsico products like Aquafina water, Tropicana juices or Gatorade in vending machines or school cafeterias.

New hires

In other news, the Cumberland Valley School Board agreed to hire Todd Franze as fulltime principal of Hampden Elementary School effective July 1 with an annual salary of $98,000. He replaces Connie Henry, who is retiring after serving 40 years in the district. Before her post at Hampden Elementary, Henry also served as principal at Silver Spring Elementary School.

Franze began his educational career in 2009-10 in Virginia, finishing out the current school year working a position in the Alexandria City Public School District. He also earned an MS degree from Oswego State University in New York in 2013.

“It will be an honor and a privilege to serve the Cumberland Valley community,” Franze told the school board on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the school board voted to hire Megan Gierka as a fulltime reading specialist at Middlesex Elementary School effective Aug.6 at an annual salary of $55,753. Gierka worked in the North Schuykill School District from 2014 to 2019 and is a 2017 graduate of Kutztown University.

Gierka told the school board on Tuesday that she “can’t wait to get started” working in Cumberland Valley.

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