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June 7, 2013

Vo-tech director’s future uncertain amid budget turmoil

NEW CASTLE — The director of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center may not have a contract after June 30.

In an executive session Wednesday, the vo-tech school’s joint operating committee discussed at length Dr. Andrew Tommelleo’s contract, according to a member who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The board member said school solicitor Greg Fox was advised by president Debra Allebach to call Tommelleo and advise him, or write him a letter.

A few members favored keeping Tommelleo for another year after his contract expires June 30, the member said.

Should his contract not be renewed, the committee is likely to appoint an interim director.

The member said the committee hopes to call a special meeting next week to vote on the matter and that there will more executive session discussion as well to sort things out.

The member also said Tommelleo had indicated he wants a contract for another year.

Thursday morning, Tommelleo said he was not aware of the discussions. He said he would not comment on the reports, pending more information.

The discussions came during a time of budget turmoil at the center, which owes member school districts tens of thousands of dollars for enrollment reimbursements, which went to support the adult practical nursing program.

That program, which was experiencing severe budget deficits, owes the center more than half a million dollars, and the joint operating committee voted Wednesday night to close the program in February after the current students graduate.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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