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By Kate Wilcox
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Deer Lakes School District now has a permanent superintendent.

The school board unanimously voted to hire acting Superintendent Janet R. Ciramella as the district's new superintendent.

The board and audience members received her appointment with applause.

“I appreciate the confidence the board has shown me in appointing me as superintendent of Deer Lakes,” Ciramella said. “My focus and goal is for academic excellence for our students in the Deer Lakes community.”

She is the district's seventh superintendent.

Ciramella is a Pittsburgh resident and has served as acting superintendent at Deer Lakes since the retirement of Superintendent Dean A. Casello in June 2012.

Before becoming the acting superintendent, Ciramella was the assistant superintendent at Deer Lakes since 2003.

“Dr. Ciramella truly has placed the best interest of every child as her number one concern,” board President Lisa Merlo said.

Her annual starting salary will be $143,082 effective July 1, 2013 for five years through June 30, 2018.

The board also voted to hire David T. Campos, current assistant principal, as the acting high school principal effective Dec. 18.

Any tax increase limited

The board also voted not to raise taxes in the 2013-14 budget above the limit set by the state.

This means the district will not raise taxes above the 2.1 percent established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The district's tax rate is 26.96 mills, but that could change after the final reassessment numbers are in from Allegheny County.

Safety meeting not scheduled

The board has not yet scheduled a meeting to discuss safety concerns for the district.

Merlo said that the open forum to discuss student and staff safety concerns will probably be scheduled for mid-February.

Kate Wilcox is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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