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Franklin Regional superintendent hits the ground running

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murr
Dr. Gennaro Piraino (left) newly named superintendent of Franklin Regional School District, talks with school board members (from left) Dr. Larry Borland, Kim Bondi and Dennis Irvine following the Monday night meeting of the board. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murrysville Star
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murr
Dr. Jamie Piraino presided over his first school board meeting as superintendent of the Franklin Regional School District on Monday, April 22. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murrysville Star

On Monday, for the first time in more than 15 years, Jamie Piraino reported to work somewhere other than Latrobe.

Instead, he took the helm of the Franklin Regional School District, succeeding Emery D'Arcangelo who officially retired on Saturday.

“It was a busy day,” said Piraino, 39. “It was filled with a lot of welcoming from the staff. We talked about where we are, where we want to go. We wanted to hit the ground running.”

As he met with various administrators throughout his first day to begin planning the future for the district, Piraino said he did have one regret about his first day on the job — he didn't get to visit the schools. That's the part of his job he most looks forward to, he said.

“It's not something I just want to do this week,” Piraino said. “I really want to be visible in the schools.”

Piraino was hired in December to replace D'Arcangelo, who served as superintendent since 2004. His starting salary is $135,000. He is the former assistant superintendent at Greater Latrobe School District.

While Piraino remained at Greater Latrobe through last week, he regularly met with Franklin Regional officials during the past four month. Piraino observed committee-level and school board meetings as district officials worked on the 2013-14 budget.

On his first day, he also particpated in his first Franklin Regional School Board meeting. Piraino was met with applause and welcome from the board, staff, teachers, parents and community members in attendance.

Board President Herb Yingling officially welcomed Piraino to the district.

Piraino spent his entire career working at Greater Latrobe, beginning in 1997 as a junior high school learning-support teacher. During his time with the district, he worked as assistant principal at the junior and senior high schools, principal at Baggaley Elementary School and director of elementary education. He became assistant superintendent in 2010.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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