Charleroi's Zelich eager to start new school year
Mon Valley teachers, students and administrators are preparing for the start of the new school year.
None may be more excited than new Charleroi Area Superintendent Ed Zelich.
“I'm going to be the first one on campus tomorrow,” Zelich said. “I guarantee it. I'm excited, it's our first day with staff here and I'm ready to go.”
The first day for staff at Charleroi Area is Wednesday. Students return to classes on Monday.
Zelich, who was hired in June, said he has been preparing for this day since then.
“I've been doing a lot of work to prepare myself and here we are. I can't wait to get started,” Zelich said.
During a special voting meeting and work session Tuesday, the Charleroi school board voted on a number of new employees necessary for the start of the school year.
Some of the positions filled include a bus driver, special education aides and teaching posts.
Among the various items expected to be voted on at the 7 p.m. Aug. 26 business meeting is a district-wide chain-of-command procedure developed by Zelich.
“This is something that will be sent home in every student handbook and posted throughout the school, on the district website, and in district classrooms,” Zelich said. “If an incident happens, or if there is a problem that a parent has, this is the chain of command that we want to follow.”
Incidents could fall under one of 12 scenarios in the plan: Academic/curriculum, athletics, athletics facilities, athletic injuries, attendance, building cleanliness, business office, cafeteria concerns, computer hardware/software problems, discipline, facilities, guidance, instruction, special education, student concern, taxes and transportation.
For example, if there were a concern a parent had about a football player injured, the parent would contact the coach. If concerns were not met or the issue needed to go higher up the chain, the athletic trainer would be the next contact. From there the chain goes to the athletic director, then the principal, superintendent and ultimately the school board, according to the proposed plan.
School board President Ken Wiltz likes the idea.
“I think this is something that we need here at Charleroi,” Wiltz said. “It's a great idea and it's a great tool for parents and students.”
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
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