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June 15, 2013

Tommelleo resigns, Ionta named interim director at vo-tech

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center has a new interim director.

Domenic J. Ionta was named to the post Thursday night to lead the school while it searches for a permanent executive director.

The current director, Dr. Andrew Tommelleo, resigned before the joint operating committee could vote on his contract. Tommelleo had learned after an executive session last week that his contract, due to expire June 30, might not be renewed.

He submitted his resignation to the committee June 6, and it was approved unanimously at an emergency meeting Thursday.

Following an executive session, the board voted unanimousy to hire Ionta at the contract rate.

He will be paid $500 per day without benefits. His responsibilities will include overseeing operations of the school and assisting in the search and hiring of a new permanent director.

Board members attending the meeting were Debra Allebach of Union; Alan Carlson, Laurel; Robert Curry, Wilmington; David DiGiammarino, Anna Pascarella, Mark Kirkwood, and Mary Ann Tofel New Castle; and Ron Martin of Shenango.

Absent were Leroy Cortez and Robert Stevenson, Ellwood City; Jim McFarland, Neshannock; and Scott Singer, Mohawk.

Tommelleo did not attend the meeting. However, Allebach publicly thanked him for his years of service.

The superintendent of record, Dr. Alfonso Angelucci of the Union school district, said after the meeting that Tommelleo’s resignation is effective June 30, but he is taking vacation until then and no longer is working at the school.

Angelucci said the suggestion to hire Ionta came from some of the member districts’ superintendents.

Ionta, 71, of Neshannock Township retired in 2005 from Union, where he had been the superintendent for 18 years.

Since then, he has been doing consulting work and served as interim superintendent in the Greenville School District in 2010.

He said Friday his plans are to see what direction the center is taking and to help in securing a permanent director.

“Lawrence County has a very positive culture for education,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to working with the superintendents and the board and staff.”

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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