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Penn-Trafford attorney urges dismissal of whistleblower suit

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:58 p.m.

A former Penn-Trafford High School Spanish teacher's “whistleblower” lawsuit should be dismissed because it wasn't filed soon enough to beat a statute of limitations, an attorney for the district said in court records last month.

Christina Lane filed a motion on May 21 asking Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Gary Caruso to dismiss Judith Bielewicz's lawsuit against the district and three administrators because she didn't meet the deadline under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law of filing within 180 days of her disputed suspension as a teacher.

In April, Bielewicz sued the district, high school Principal Scott Inglese, former Superintendent Deborah Kolonay and former Assistant Superintendent Harry Smith.

District officials contend Bielewicz was suspended in March 2010 for failing to adhere to a performance-improvement plan.

Bielewicz, who confronted Inglese about the removal of a student from her classroom, said the student's transfer didn't follow school policy, according to her lawsuit.

Caruso hasn't scheduled a hearing in the case.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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