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Elizabeth Forward district, teachers head to fact-finding

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

Elizabeth Forward school Superintendent Bart Rocco said on Wednesday that his district and its teachers union will seek fact-finding in their contract dispute.

Rocco said the district and Elizabeth Forward Education Association have had “eight or nine sessions” since January.

The teachers' five-year contract expired on Aug. 31. Classes began for the fall a week ago.

Pennsylvania State Education Association field director Dan Carey said negotiators are “actively at the table” in Elizabeth Forward, East Allegheny and Duquesne.

At a special session on Wednesday, Elizabeth Forward's school board took several personnel actions.

By a 7-2 vote, Nancy Stanich was elevated from language arts teacher to assistant middle school principal at a salary of $87,500.

Board president Philip Martell, vice president Scott McVicker and directors Charles Bakewell, Michael O'Rourke, Dr. Robert Rhoderick Jr., Mary Scarry and Dorothy Wycoff voted yes.

“My only objection is to the salary,” board secretary Megan Ferraro said. She and Margaret Morgan voted no.

The board adjusted middle school principal Trisha Maddas's salary by $5,000, effective Oct. 1.

“It is the second adjustment in salary for Ms. Maddas,” said Morgan, who voted no with Ferraro. “It is unnecessary.”

Voting yes were McVicker, Bakewell, O'Rourke, Rhoderick, Scarry and Wycoff. Martell abstained, citing personal reasons.

In other business:

• Kristin Eckels was hired to teach high school business and middle school gifted and talented education, and Rachelle Pletcher was approved for second-level technology support.

• Directors approved Aimee Parquette as a substitute high school chemistry teacher, and OK'd Autumn Armagost, Brittany Bruce, Kimberly Morris, Margaret Nee, Luke Rice and Jason Scott as substitutes.

• Directors named Ted Grice as high school cross country head coach. James Lane as varsity football assistant coach, Ryan Brain as high school swimming assistant coach and Steven Hartnet as a middle school soccer volunteer assistant coach.

• The board accepted resignations from high school football assistant coach Doug Victor and seventh-grade boys basketball coach Sam March. Directors accepted the retirements of custodians Carolyn Brown and Edward Steligo.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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