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June 4, 2014

New Castle names principal, three assistants

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle school board has named a Lockley Early Learning Center principal, plus three assistant principals.

The board at a special meeting Monday approved Carmen Nocera to the principal post at Lockley. He will succeed Debra DeBlasio, who was named last month as the assistant to the superintendent beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Nocera currently is the principal at John F. Kennedy and West Side primary centers. His salary will remain the same in his new position at $114,438, for 2014-15.

The board in a lateral move also named Brian Popovich as the assistant principal at the Lockley Center, beginning next school year, maintaining his same salary. He will be paid $93,681 for the year. Popovich had been an assistant principal at the George Washington Intermediate School.

Assistant principals also were named for the George Washington Intermediate School and the New Castle Senior High School.

The new assistant senior high school principal, Tabitha Carna, was approved by a 6 to 1 vote with Dr. Marilyn Berkely voting no.

Berkely said after the meeting that she voted against Carna because “there were some good candidates, and I always vote like I see it.”

Board members Stacey Fleo and David DiGiammarino did not attend the meeting.

 Carna will assume the high school position, replacing Carol Morell, who recently was named as junior high principal. Carna’s salary will be $90,112 plus benefits for next school year.

Carna has been a junior high and high school English teacher in the district since 2006. She earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Clarion University and her principal’s certificate from Gannon University, where she is studying for her Ph.D. in organizational learning and leadership.

The board approved David C. Antuono by a 7-0 vote to fill the George Washington position, also at a pay of $90,112 plus benefits for 2014-15.

For the past 15 years he has been an English teacher in the New Castle Area School District. He also was involved in curriculum development and coached 7th and 8th grade track.

He earned his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision with a 4.0 grade-point average from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in December, 2009.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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