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March 20, 2014

New Castle principal suing district, superintendent



Sarandrea said that as a result of the hearing, he has to recall witnesses for follow-up interviewing.

He explained that the text message he had sent Razzano, referenced in the court complaint, pertained to setting a new date for the Loudermill hearing. It had been scheduled for earlier in the month, and he was preparing a letter, but sent a text message to Razzano to ask which date he and his attorney preferred before sending the letter.

“In deference to his attorney, whom I had no contact information for, I texted Bob to get back to me regarding the dates that would work best. That was the only thing the text said,” Sarandrea said yesterday.

Sarandrea said that once the investigation is concluded, he plans to meet with the school district’s counsel to determine whether it has to send Razzano and his counsel a statement of charges.

 “We’ve not reduced anything to writing or had our full disposition yet,” he said.

The district is being represented in the process by attorney Andrew Evankovich of the Andrews and Price law firm of Pittsburgh.

District Solicitor Charles Sapienza declined comment, saying that as district solicitor he cannot represent the district in the Razzano lawsuit, because he must act as an adviser to the school board if it is called upon to make a decision regarding the outcome of the investigation against Razzano.

The New Castle police and Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa also had investigated the same allegations of the school district employees.

Lamancusa said last week that there was no evidence of any criminal activity and that no criminal charges would be filed, but he noted that the school district would have policy matters to address.

The school board named Razzano as junior high school principal on July 29 at Sarandrea’s recommendation. He received a 12-month contract with this year’s base salary at $109,020.

Prior to that he had been assistant principal for 14 years, and before that he taught social studies for 4 1/2 years in the district’s alternative education program.

His wife, Barbara, is an elected member of the school board.



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