New Castle News

September 21, 2013

New hires get district ‘introduction’

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, Union has hired nine teachers, a guidance counselor and a nurse.

During Wednesday’s board meeting, Linda O’Neill, elementary principal who oversees the new teacher induction program, reported on what is being done to introduce the new staff to various aspects of the school district.

Each new educator was provided a procedural handbook and the new hirees each was assigned a mentor, given a history of the district and took a bus tour of the district to gain knowledge of the geographical layout.

Those hired were Candace Panella, middle level guidance; Elizabeth Burns, nurse; and teachers Kylie Gierlach, elementary; Kelly Kisling, special education; Marissa Federici, special education; Phillip George, special education; Brittany Vitale, pre-kindergarten; Kelcie Beatty, elementary; Maria Thomas, elementary, Ryan Miles, secondary science; and James Dotson, secondary math.

Representatives of the American Cancer Society also attended the meeting to request the use of school property for the Relay for Life in May.

Superintendent Alfonso “Butch” Angelucci said the board will discuss and consider the matter.

“It’s an important community event.”

If the district agrees to the request, it would be the first time Relay for Life has been at Union.

In other business, the board:

•Accepted the resignation of Jonathan Fauzey as elementary security officer.

•Hired Joe Lombardo, former Union Township police chief, as new elementary security officer at $11.50 per hour.

•Hired Phil Thompson to serve as learning support aide for $7.50 per hour.