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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, 1:36 a.m.

Leechburg Area School District

The school board on Wednesday approved a job description for its new assistant K-12 principal. The board in May chose math teacher Frank Ippolito as assistant principal. He replaced Matthew Kruluts, who was promoted to K-12 principal.

Kruluts took over principal duties from Superintendent James Budzilek, who had assumed them on a trial basis after the departure of former Principal Cynthia Portman.

Ippolito's duties will include administering federal programs; supervising elementary teaching, custodial and secretarial staff; assisting with discipline issues; managing the elementary budget; elementary attendance and truancy officer; liaison to the parent-teacher association; transportation issues including discipline and routing; and elementary school operations and activities.

Ippolito is being paid a base salary of $75,000 for a 10-month position that has him working 200 days per year.

The board on hired a replacement for Ippolito.Directors voted, 6-0, to hire Andrew Martin of Murrysville as a secondary math teacher. His pay will start at $47,832. Board members Brian Ravotti, Julie Batiz and Danielle Reinke were absent.

In other business

• The district is accepting sealed bids for three pieces of unneeded cafeteria equipment.

The district is selling a chopping machine, 30-gallon steam kettle and a floor model mixer. They are being sold as-is without warranty. Bids are due by 1 p.m. Aug. 24, when bids will be opened and the equipment sold to the highest bidder. The district reserves the right to reject all bids if they are too low. Business Manager Mark Lukacs said he expects the equipment together to be worth about $5,000. Information is available on the district's website.

• Superintendent James Budzilek said a hydraulic engineer and a surveyor will inspect the football field after residents complained to Leechburg officials about water runoff. Budzilek said there are “minor issues” at the field and that the district has been in contact with concerned residents. He blamed recent heavy rains for causing runoff problems. He said the district will work to resolve the problems.

• The board approved Chris McKillip and Zack Montgomery as volunteer varsity football coaches; Derian Sziraki as a volunteer football equipment manager for the 2012-13 school term; Natalie DelVecchio, Jacob Mrochek and Bob Harris as 2012 summer band camp volunteers; and Zachary Hamm as a substitute physics teacher for the 2012-13 school term.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or

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