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Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 1:41 a.m.
 

Steel Valley School District officials made some personnel moves at a meeting on Thursday in an effort to maximize productivity.

“We're trying to allocate our resources the best that we can,” Superintendent Ed Wehrer said.

The board eliminated the positions of assistant high school principal, elementary assistant principal and assistant middle school principal, then re-established the assistant high school and middle school positions and added the title of coprincipal for Franklin Primary Center.

John Strom and Tom Shaughenessy were re-appointed as high school and middle school assistant principals, respectively.

Wehrer said new job descriptions will be written.

He said consolidating responsibilities means savings for taxpayers.

“There are many people here who wear multiple hats,” Wehrer said.

Other personnel changes include:

• The resignation of Bridget Ellis as high school special education teacher.

• The resignation of Anthony Natale as middle school history teacher.

• The elimination due to attrition of the positions of half-time art/social studies teacher, high school special education teacher and a middle school history teacher.

• The appointment of William Seaman as History Club sponsor.

The board rejected a bid from Coppola Construction to asphalt various parts of district property. District business manager John Zenone said the bid was not complete, and there was no bid bond.

Maher Duessel was hired to perform the district's financial audit at a cost of $20,700 plus $300 for reimbursement of expenses.

Wehrer said the high school sidewalk will be repaired once the roofing project is completed.

The sidewalk along Park Elementary School could be fixed prior to the first day of school.

School director Susan Ballas questioned why board president Donna Kiefer did not invite other board members to her recent meeting with Port Authority, Allegheny County and other officials regarding possibly altering bus routes to pick up students.

Kiefer said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald wanted to keep the meeting confidential.

Ballas said she will contact Fitzgerald about the meeting.

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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