Penn Hills School District hires transportation director
By Patrick Varine
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
Penn Hills School District's Board of Directors recently hired a full-time transportation supervisor, though not all board members were pleased with the process.
The board voted 7-1 to hire Allen Ayers at a salary of $50,000 per year.
While the board vote took place Aug. 26, the board agenda placed Ayers' start date at Aug. 16. Board member Heather Hoolahan, who voted against the hire, said she did so because of the way it was handled.
“At our (regular) board meeting (on Aug. 12), we asked about this position,” Hoolahan said. “On Thursday, (Aug. 15), we received an e-mail stating that they had a candidate, gave us his name, a few details about his background and the salary, and told us that they needed the board's direction.
“By Thursday afternoon, Mr. Washington was calling board members asking for permission to hire.
I didn't answer the call and there was no message. On Friday, I saw that Mr. Washington was in the district and saw him with someone I didn't recognize. I called him because I was told that he was with the new transportation supervisor. I was told that they had enough board members to move ahead, even though none of us knew what the others had said or that he was being offered the job that night and starting the next day, and that they brought him in when the district was closed to get acclimated. We were not told any of that until I questioned it.”
Hoolahan also objected to the lack of advertising for the position — the opening was advertised internally, but not in any local media outlets.
“This is a $50,000-a-year position, and I think it should have been advertised more widely,” she said.
The board also approved, by a 7-1 vote with Hoolahan dissenting, the creation of several new secretarial positions.
Superintendent Tom Washington was quick to point out that the positions are actually not new, but rather merged job titles created after administrative staff was cut during the budget process.
The board voted 7-1 in favor of recalling five professional employees who were furloughed earlier this summer during budget cuts. They include two special-education teachers, two elementary teachers and a math teacher.
Following the earlier recall of four teachers, nine of the 11 employees originally furloughed are back to work.
Hoolahan voted against the recall.
Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Q&A: White House, AIU recognize Washington Elementary teacher’s tech efforts
- Penn Hills native moves from Penn State to Sabres front office
- Penn Hills author included in local mystery anthology
- Photo gallery: Community Thanksgiving dinner in Penn Hills
- Penn Hills crossing guard numbers remain, equipment reduced
- Penn Hills Holiday Light Up set for Thursday
- Photo gallery: McKinley Senior Center hosts jewelry workshop