NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
The recent decision by the New Castle school board to hire the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to conduct a national search for a superintendent is most unfortunate.
Taxpayers are paying $15,000 for an entity to make a decision that the board is duly elected to do.
As voters, if we wanted the association to make decisions regarding personnel or policy, we would have written its name in on the ballot.
Selecting a superintendent is one of the most important decisions a board member can make. Yet, we voted for present members because we have confidence in their ability to make these tough decisions. We didn’t vote for them so they can turn around and put their responsibility on someone else.
And mindless as it is, the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV does the same thing — only for free.
Unfortunately, school board members believe they have political careers to protect, as if their service is a springboard to the U.S. Senate. I hate to tell them, it’s simply community service.
Since they believe it is a political career, they don’t want to be painted with the brush of nepotism. So they hire private organizations to appear as if they are doing the right thing, when in fact — and they know this — they are doing a terrible injustice to the district.
Why? Because for all intents and purposes it eliminates the best people for the job. People like Carmen Nocera, Terry Meehan, Stan Magusiak, Debra DeBlasio, Richard Litrenta, John Mozzoccio and Joseph Anderson. Even past administrators like John Sarandrea and Jacqueline Respress can be considered.
These people in our district aren’t just good at what they do; they are outstanding and deserve a true opportunity to lead a district they have given their hearts and soul to.
Pinellas Park, Fla.
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
- New Castle
Board lengthens business manager contract
The New Castle Area School Board has approved a five-year contract for district business manager Joseph Ambrosini.
George Washington renovations planned
The New Castle Area School District is embarking on more improvements at the George Washington Intermediate School. At its meeting last week, the school board voted 8-0 to hire Eckles Architecture and Engineering to provide professional services for alterations and upgrades to the former swimming pool area of the school.
- New Castle school board action
Meehan named Neshannock superintendent
Terence P. Meehan is the new superintendent at Neshannock Township School District. Board members voted 5-4 last night to fill the post that will be vacated June 30 with the retirement of Dr. Mary Todora.
Retirements, attrition to save district money
A slew of retirements in the New Castle School District may result in savings in the 2014-15 budget. The school district plans to introduce its spending plan next month.
New Castle Schools: Second-grader recognized for reading 200 books
Alexandra Browne of New Castle could very well be Lawrence County’s youngest bookworm. The petite, curly-haired 8-year-old was summoned to the New Castle school board meeting Monday with her parents, Rochelle and Ted Browne, to receive the district’s Pride and Promise award for April.
’Canes honored, Blundo throws first pitch at Bucs game
Ralph Blundo won’t have a career as a Major League pitcher. The PIAA Class AAAA Coach of the Year showcased his “changeup” when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 11-2 win over Milwaukee at PNC Park last night.
Levar Ware’s Story, Part 2: After getting his life back on track, senior ready to tackle college next
Second of two parts: Even when Levar Ware was at his lowest, people recognized the quality of his character. Some, like Andy Tommelleo, former director of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, went the extra mile because of it.
Levar Ware’s Story, Part 1: ’Canes’ senior finally found his way after enduring difficult living conditions in West Virginia
First of two parts: His infectious smile can light up a room, but five years ago, Levar Ware was living in darkness. Except for his mother, concerned educators and a local attorney, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior who helped New Castle High capture its first state basketball title last month might not even have been on the team.
City presents commendations to ’Canes
The New Castle High state championship basketball team has received more accolades. The mayor and New Castle City Council presented individual commendations to 19 players and two managers of the undefeated Red Hurricane team on Tuesday.
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