Norwin board hires new high school principal

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 3:51 a.m.

Norwin High School will have a new principal in July.

School directors on Monday unanimously accepted the retirement of long-time principal Edward J. Federinko and approved Timothy J. Kotch Sr. to the position.

Federinko served Norwin for 17 of his 36 years in education, and made a salary of $127,305.

District director of human resources Tom Wrobleski said Kotch's projected salary is $123,354.

Kotch, a North Huntingdon Township resident, is assistant superintendent of secondary education at Hempfield Area School District.

He served Norwin for 17 years prior to transferring to Hempfield. At Norwin he was assistant high school principal from 2003-2011, high school mathematics teacher from 1999-2003 and middle school math teacher from 1994-1999.

Kotch was a finalist for Norwin's superintendent position in 2011. District officials decided to hire William Kerr at the time to replace retired Superintendent John Boylan.

School directors accepted the retirement of John R. Rovesti Jr. as director of student activities and transportation, effective June 27. He retires with 29 years of service and a last reported salary of $123,113.

Wrobleski said Rovesti's duties will be split into two roles, athletic director and student transportation coordinator.

District director of food and nutrition services Rod Stewart will handle the transportation for an additional $6,000 per year. A new athletic director is expected to be hired this summer.

School directors accepted the following retirements:

• Jennifer Nagoda as secondary business teacher.

• Lynn Clark as secondary health and physical education teacher.

• Barbara Augustin as secondary health and physical education teacher.

• Judy Ponitz as secondary family and consumer science teacher.

• Albina McClure as secondary family and consumer science teacher.

• Patricia Coles as elementary teacher.

• James Mizikar as technology education teacher.

• Kathleen O'Halloran as secondary English teacher.

• Adam Pasich as custodian.

Three of the eight teaching positions likely will not be filled, Wrobleski said. Positions tentatively set to be left vacant include a family and consumer science position, a health and physical education job, and an English spot.

Wrobleski said the eight retired teachers put in 227 years of service to Norwin.

School directors accepted the following resignations:

• Denise Ciccone as non-instructional aide.

• Albert Bergman as skilled trades maintenance technician.

• Allan Bilinsky as assistant varsity football coach.

• Brian Nolte as assistant varsity football coach.

• Brad White as ninth-grade football coach.

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

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