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Clairton football coach, athletes thank school directors for support

| Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7:13 a.m.
Clairton High School football coach Tom Nola, right, presents the PIAA Class A championship trophy to district officials at Wednesday night's school board meeting. School directors, front row from left, Barbara Roberts, Gloria James, Gloria Ruffing and Jennifer Williams; and back, board president Rich Livingston, Superintendent Wayde Killmeyer and director Robert Harrigan accept the trophy.

Clairton City school directors received several tokens Wednesday night at a meeting that seemed like an extension of January's School Board Recognition Month.

High school football coach Tom Nola presented the board with the PIAA championship trophy, and University of Pittsburgh recruit Tyler Boyd, Nola's star wide receiver, gave the board the jersey he wore at the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Boyd thanked the board for supporting the athletic department and student achievement.

Clairton Education Association treasurer Lucille Herndon gave the board a coffeemaker on behalf of the teachers union.

Directors received cookies from Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School.

“These are all the good parts about being on school board,” Superintendent Wayde Killmeyer said.

Ed Mertz of Hosack Specht Muetzel & Wood LLP released the findings of the district's 2012 audit.

“I think that you're doing a good job with the resources available,” Mertz told board members.

He said record-keeping is behind due to a “pretty lean” staff, and noted that the district must increase its fund balance.

District business manager Chuck Lanna said the fund balance was $105,000 when he started in 2011, and has grown to more than $520,000.

Lanna said the district works constantly to find revenue and manage costs.

All motions made at Wednesday night's meeting passed, 6-0. Board vice president Paulette Bradford and directors Roger Tachoir and Sue Wessel were absent.

Directors also:

• Accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Kristan Spencer, effective on a date determined by the hiring of her replacement. She was hired as an elementary intervention specialist at $22,000 per year with single insurance benefits for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. The starting date will be determined by the effective date of her resignation.

• Approved moving elementary intervention specialist Jennifer Schlata to long-term second-grade substitute teacher.

• Hired Danielle Glaspey as a special education secretary, effective on Friday.

• Ratified the employment of Michael Linnert as a 180-day substitute teacher effective Feb. 4 at a rate of $105 per day plus single benefits.

• Directed district solicitor Dan Beisler to assess the USX property in conjunction with attorney Ira Weiss, as needed.

• Hired Arla Hohman as the assistant track coach for the 2013 track season.

Killmeyer said he will write a letter to Keystone Oaks School District asking why police K-9 units were necessary, and only on the Clairton side, at Tuesday night's WPIAL Class A basketball semifinal game against Lincoln Park.

Killmeyer said he wrote a similar letter to the PIAA last year when K-9 units were on only the Clairton sideline during a championship football game.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or