NEW CASTLE —
At its meeting this month, the New Castle School Board:
•Approved temporary professional teaching contracts for these hirings: S. Benjamin Easler of Butler, music teacher at John F. Kennedy primary center and junior/senior high schools; Casey Diana Klos of Pittsburgh, Italian teacher at the junior/senior high school; and Nikko Jo Piccirillo of Union Township, life skills teacher at the junior/senior high school.
•Established three reading and math literacy lab attendant positions at a pay of $10 per hour, five hours per day maximum, with no benefits for the 2012-13 school year only. Hired were: Roxanne Gunn of Union Township, John F. Kennedy Primary Center; Jennifer Kraner of Shenango Township, Thaddeus Stevens Primary Center; and Liz Moyer of New Castle, West Side Primary Center.
•Approved the hiring of Anthony Biangone and Patsy Nerti as school security guards. Biangone will work at George Washington and Nerti at the junior/senior high. They will be paid $8.50 per hour for seven hours a day, 180 days a year with no benefits.
•Named Joseph Ginocchi as school safety officer at the junior-senior high school for this 2012-13 year only. His pay will be $10 per hour for 7.25 hours per day, up to 185 days per year, with no benefits.
•Approved full-time substitutes for the first semester: Jeannine Reamer of Shenango Township, Cara Sabo of Butler, Shirley Schafer of Dewey Avenue, Darin Gagliano of New Wilmington, Linda Haas of Neshannock Township, and Michael Nypaver of Allison Park.
•Approved Robert Flamino as marching band percussion teacher; David Rapko, varsity cheerleading adviser; Natalie Passerrello, assistant varsity cheerleading adviser; Colleen Fry, junior varsity cheerleading adviser; Bobbilyn Pia, ninth-grade cheerleading advisor; and Jennifer Isaac, seventh- and eighth-grade cheerleading adviser.
•Hired Alexis Maciarello as a substitute teacher for the reading and math tutor at the West Side Primary Center.
•Approved these regular substitute teachers: Ken Haylett of Bessemer; Ashlee Cain, Matthew Dado, John Kearns, Christina Pruitt, Adam Shearer, Nicole Nocera, New Castle; Marissa DeMase, Cynthia Monaco, Kayla Kauffman, Rachael Moss, Grayce Presnar, Neshannock Township; Gemma Bellissimo, Ellwood City; Phillips Thompson, Lauren Heath, David Hinckley, Shenango Township; G. Ryan Miles, Hickory Township; Lucas Allen, New Wilmington; Laura Allshouse of North Beaver Township; Sharon Ietto, Butler; Kristin Ross, New Galilee; Shanay Phillian, Pulaski Township; and Kaetlyn Blair, Beaver Falls.
•Added Jared Farris of New Castle as a substitute cafeteria employee. The vote was 8 to 1 with David Kirkwood opposed.
•Approved Justin Lamb as a substitute behavioral intervention aide at the junior-senior high.
•Added Diana Caminiti of New Castle and Rudy Spielvogel Jr. of Hickory Township to the cafeteria substitute list and Heather Ludwig of New Wilmington and Deborah Sunseri of Neshannock as personal care assistant substitutes.
•Accepted the resignations of Gary Canfora as fourth-grade teacher at George Washington Intermediate School and Michael Sherokee as Italian instructor, and the retirements of Mary Stefanis, a Thaddeus Stevens School cafeteria worker, and Suzanne Peluso, personal care assistant in the junior-senior high school.
NEW CASTLE —
At its meeting this month, the New Castle School Board:
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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.
‘She’s all business’: New Castle girls coach beaming over success of Notre Dame’s McBride
There may be no bigger University of Notre Dame women’s basketball fan out there than Scott Dibble. “I’m an Irish fan,” the second-year New Castle High girls coach admitted. “I’ve been one my whole life.”
New Castle Schools: Razzano resigns in settlement with district
Robert Razzano has resigned from his position as New Castle Junior High School principal, effective yesterday. The school board in an 8-0 vote ratified an agreement between Razzano and the district that ends his employment and allows him to collect his pay through the end of the year, an amount of $29,610.
The Doctor of Style: Hooker not state’s top player? He was robbed!
There was a robbery Friday, and it affected the entire legion of New Castle High boys basketball fans. Red Hurricane standout Malik Hooker earned first-team all-state honors in Class AAAA by the Associated Press. But he was somehow snubbed for the Player of the Year honor.
High School Hoops: Hooker, Richards make all state; Blundo is coach of the year
Basketball season is over, but the honors keep rolling in for New Castle High. The Red Hurricane was well represented on the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball teams, which were released yesterday. Seniors Malik Hooker (first team) and Anthony Richards (second team) earned honors in Class AAAA. Head coach Ralph Blundo was named the classification’s Coach of the Year.
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