NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
Why would our superintendent and school board protect those involved in the nonpayment of legally required tuition?
Is it possible that they willfully allowed this to happen?
The known violations of the public trust during George Gabriel’s administration makes it easy to believe that there was possible collusion.
Gabriel and a majority of the city school board have spent years embarrassing the district and city. The following are a few examples:
The attempted payments to the previous superintendent, the Roger Havey incident, million-dollar transportation deal, the abuse of travel allowances, swaptions, $100 million debt, sale of Ben Franklin, blatant nepotism.
The above are all documented in news articles and editorials.
Responsible public servants, when learning of the crime uncovered by the auditor general’s office, would have turned the findings over to the legal authorities for investigation, not hired high-priced attorneys.
It is inconceivable that we are going to have Gabriel representing us for four more years. He is a front runner for a position on the school board.
The only way he can be stopped is with a large turnout of independent voters and Democrats and Republicans who did not vote in the May primary.
Citizens should show their disdain for the political shenanigans that are ruining our community. There is no better way to stand up for New Castle than by voting for good government on Nov. 5.
Philip P. Conti
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
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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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