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February 14, 2014

Briefs from New Castle school board meeting

NEW CASTLE — Good audit report

Local auditors have given the New Castle school district a good report card for 2012-13.

John Ruehle and Robert Izzo of Philip Weiner and Co. attended the school board meeting Monday to review their June 30, 2013, audit report of all the district’s finances.

“Basically, this is a good report,” Izzo told the board. “We’ve been through some tough economic times. The district has survived and has a good fund balance. I think the expenditures are right on target.”

The district’s fund balance at the end of the 2013 school year was $14.4 million.

Pride and promise

The New Castle school district has chosen a third-grade teacher as its Pride and Promise award recipient.

The board recognized Kim Noviello, a John K. Kennedy School teacher of 16 years, with the honor. She was recommended by principal Dr. Carmen Nocera for her dedication, hard work and extra time she puts into her teaching career.

She helped to decorate the school for Veterans Day by putting 150 flags around the building, he said, and at Christmas time, “the building was lit up like a Christmas tree.”

Noviello had seven days to come up with a program for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Nocera said, and the program presented at the district was “just unbelievable.”

Early retirement taken

Three New Castle employees have opted to accept the district’s early retirement incentive.

The school board Monday accepted the retirements of:

•Carmella Hefferin, personal care assistant at the junior/senior high school, effective March 31

•Barbara Geary, itinerant speech therapist, as of the end of the school year

•Paul Fulena, director of buildings and grounds, as of June 30.

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