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Franklin Regional principal returns to teaching

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Students at Franklin Regional Middle School will have a new leader for the new school year.

At his request, Chris Kelly is leaving the middle school principal's office to return to the classroom as a health and physical education teacher at the high school. The move takes effect this fall, Superintendent Jamie Piraino said.

“Chris has been a good employee in the district. He bleeds blue and Vegas gold,” Piraino said. “He is an asset to the district.”

Kelly requested the move for personal reasons, Piraino said. His last day at the middle school was June 30. Piraino said he hopes to have a wide net of candidates to choose from to replace Kelly.

“We'd like someone interested in building leadership who is a proven leader and has worked with Professional Learning Communities,” Piraino said.

Jen DiFulvio will continue to serve as interim assistant principal on a long-term assignment through at least January to provide stability at the school, Piraino said.

Kelly will earn $88,100 as a classroom teacher.

His 2012-13 salary as middle school principal was $118,128.

The school board also accepted the resignation of Karen Hull, a high school chemistry teacher, last month and approved a six-week family medical leave of absence beginning in September for Brianne Messer, a learning support teacher. The board is slated to vote Aug. 5 to hire new teachers and principals selected during summer interviews.

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

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