At its regular meeting this month, the New Castle school board took the following action:

•Approved a heating and air conditioning maintenance contract with Limbach of Pittsburgh for five years in the amount of $80,340 for the first year. The company submitted the lowest of five proposals.

•Approved a contract with Lifelong Learning Tutoring Partnership to provide a daytime in-school tutoring program for grades three through 12, from now through May. The program will cost $62,302 and will be funded by the Rural and Low Income Schools Grant.

•Appointed Jack McCullough as a speech therapist working six hours a day, from Oct. 14 through March 2, at $50 per hour, for a maximum of $24,600. McCullough retired as a speech therapist from the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.

• Hired Ryan Lubin as a substitute behavioral intervention aide at $162.01 per day, through Dec. 23, retroactive to Oct. 6.

•Approved Debra Coyne, Susan Noviello and Mark DeMonaco of New Castle, Jonathan Lucas of Edinburg, RIchard Minteer of Slippery Rock Township, Marianne Reino of Shenango Township and Shawn Sevor of Sharon as homebound instructors for this school year.

•Granted family/medical leave to Stacy Circle, math teacher, from April 17 through the end of the school year; Theresa Emery, science teacher, from May 8 through the end of the school year; and Dennis Flora, elementary teacher, from Oct. 14 for about 12 weeks.

•Hired Lashion Pickney as substitute temporary substitute reading and math tutor.

•Hired Beth DeFrank as a cafeteria worker.

•Granted intermittent family/medical leave to George Washington Intermediate School guidance counselor Tawnya DeGruttola, beginning Sept. 28; George Washington personal care assistant Angela McConnell, beginning Oct. 7; and Lockley life skills instructor Carrie Popovich, beginning Sept. 22.

•Granted unpaid leaves of absence to Justin Lamb, high school behavioral intervention aide, from Sept. 25 through Dec. 23; and to Doreen Nagy, high school cafeteria worker, from Nov. 3 through 14.

•Granted a leave extension of four days to Danielle Hartje, Lockley reading and math tutor, from Oct. 20 to 23.

•Approved an emergency evacuation route and site for George Washington Intermediate Elementary School in the event of a disaster or emergency that requires students and staff to leave the building. The plan designates Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church as an emergency shelter at no cost to the district.

•Granted use of the a district building to the New Castle Wrestling Club for its wrestling program for all district students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. The program is from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from November to March. The administration will determine which building will house the program, which involves 75 participating students.

•Set the board’s reorganizational meeting for 6 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by its public work session at 6:30.

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