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Allegheny Valley retains superintendent

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 1:17 a.m.

Superintendent Cheryl Griffith will head the Allegheny Valley School District for the next four school years.

The school board on Tuesday night awarded the University of Pittsburgh graduate a four-year contract, retroactive to July 1 and continuing until June 30, 2016.

Griffith will be paid $131,000 for the current school year, her fourth with the district.

She will receive a 2 percent raise each year based on proficiency ratings of the school district and 3 percent if the district receives awards for distinction.

If the school district is determined to be less proficient, no salary raise will occur.

Griffith formerly was the Apollo-Ridge School District superintendent for two years, following a stint as acting superintendent and assistant superintendent in the Hampton School District.

With Griffith at the helm in the 2004-05 school year, Hampton had the highest test scores of Allegheny County's 43 school districts.

Griffith received her doctorate in administrative and policy studies from Pitt.

Pollick re-elected

Larry Pollick was re-elected as school board president for the next calendar year by a 9-0 vote.

Sal Conte was elected vice president over Glenna Renaldi by a 5-3 vote.

Directors Kathleen Haas, Annette Jursa, Elizabeth Moretti, Pollick and Conte voted for Conte, while directors Jimette Gilmartin, Stephen Puskar and Renaldi voted for Renaldi.

Board member Nino Pollino was absent during the reorganization meeting.

“Our goal is continued improvement in the educational atmosphere here and to provide a quality education with the revenues available to us,” Pollick said.

Pollick added he is happy nearly all the school board members are Springdale High School alumni.

In other business

• The school board paid AGX Inc. about $7,100 for air monitoring at Springdale High School's Marshall Auditorium,

The testing was done to confirm that all asbestos had been removed from the auditorium roof.

• The board granted tenure to elementary teacher Megan Wislie and to special education teacher Jake Lauer.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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