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.
NEW CASTLE —
Good audit report
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Straw vote favors new band uniforms
The New Castle High School marching band will be getting new uniforms this year. At its public work session Monday, the board indicated it favors the band getting new uniforms.
Extending school hours could make up for snow days
The New Castle Area School District is considering extending this year’s remaining school days by 20 minutes. That is a possibility being considered to make up required instructional time lost by snow days the district had to take this year.
Larry Kelly: Different script, same ending to movie for 'Canes
“You were built for this moment.” Those were the words of New Castle High basketball coach Ralph Blundo as his team was ready to take the floor against Hampton for the WPIAL Class AAAA title at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University on Saturday night.
Clutch coach: Intense practices, focus on film and lessons learned from local legends all help Blundo mold ’Canes into a history-making program
It all starts at the top. Like any quality organization, a foundation of success is built through strong leadership. That’s evident with the New Castle High boys basketball program.
New Castle Schools: Leave with pay was superintendent’s call
When a New Castle school district employee is placed on administrative leave, it typically is the superintendent’s decision. District solicitor Charles Sapienza said in an email last week that the district has no policy governing when and why an employee is placed on administrative leave or whether he or she should be paid during that leave.
Grade-schoolers to compete in archery
Students from three local elementary schools will compete in a student archery tournament hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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Allegations result in principal on leave
New Castle Junior High School principal Robert Razzano is on administrative leave with pay. Meanwhile, New Castle police said they are investigating a reported incident at the junior high involving an employee.
WPIAL Playoffs: If you’re heading to ‘Canes game Saturday — better read this
If you plan on spending the day at the Ambridge field house tomorrow, be prepared to buy an additional ticket. Ambridge athletic officials notified New Castle High athletic director Sam Flora yesterday that they will not be stamping any fans who come into the gym tomorrow.
Larry Kelly: An inside look at ‘The Hurricane Way’
With New Castle’s 85-66 victory over Latrobe High on Saturday at North Allegheny High, the Red Hurricane have now won 74 WPIAL games in a row. As you might expect, the ’Canes are the favorite to win their third consecutive WPIAL championship.
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