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June 18, 2014

Union names Hink its interim superintendent

NEW CASTLE — The Union school district has an all-alumni administration.

The hiring of Dr. Michael Hink as interim superintendent brings to five the number of administrators who call Union High School their alma mater.

Hink, a Union Township resident, was named to the position as the replacement for Dr. Alfonso “Butch” Angelucci, who is leaving effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Slippery Rock Area School District.

The salary for Hink, whose first day on the job is July 1, is $5,000 per month, according to board president John Bertolino.

The board unanimously hired Hink for a one-year contract, effective through June 30, 2015, Bertolino said.

“We are basically playing it out for a year and see where that year takes us,” he explained, adding the board is still evaluating its options regarding a long-term superintendent.

Hiring Hink also is a cost-cutting move, Bertolino said, noting it will save the district about $50,000 annually.

Hink’s knowledge and familiarity with Union struck a chord with the board which also considered two other candidates.

“Not only does he have grandchildren in the district, he’s been an interim superintendent with us before and the board is comfortable with him,” Bertolino said. “This is a good fit for the current administrative team.”

Hink joins fellow alumni Mike Ross, high school principal; Rob Nogay, assistant high school principal; Linda O’Neill, elementary principal; and Samantha Laverty, business manager on the administration team. He also served as interim principal before Angelucci accepted that position in 2009. And he had filled a vacancy on the school board.

His name is a familiar one in the area’s academic community.

Although he has been retired from education for a few years, Hink has done consulting work for the Ellwood City, Sharpsville and Conneaut Lake school districts.

He was with the Neshannock Township school district for 25 years, serving as superintendent for about four years and was assistant high school principal. He also was superintendent of the Wilmington school district and curriculum director in the Blackhawk school district.

Hink’s most recent position was elementary principal in the Ellwood City district from November 2011 through February 2012.

He has enjoyed retirement and spending time with his eight grandchildren — four of whom attend Union — but looks forward to returning to home territory.

“I’m familiar with the district, staff and operations,” Hink said. “Teachers tell me there’s something special here.

“I’m proud of the work that has been done and continues to be done. We have hard-working and dedicated board members and I’m happy to be a part of that.”

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com.)

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