Baldwin-Whitehall school board eliminates custodial manager position
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 10:57 a.m.
A top position in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District facilities department was eliminated last week without any explanation.
School board members, in a 5-2-1 vote at their Oct. 2 meeting, approved eliminating the district's custodial manager position, effective immediately.
Denice Morrow, an at-will employee with the district, held the position for at least two years, Superintendent Randal Lutz said. Morrow's job was to oversee the nearly 40-person custodial staff, he said.
Those employees now will report to the facilities director, who was Morrow's superior, Lutz said. Morrow couldn't be reached for comment.
The superintendent said he didn't know the vote was going to take place, or that eliminating the position was being discussed.
School board member Martin Michael Schmotzer made a motion at the end of the meeting to eliminate the position, without giving a reason. He declined to comment after the meeting.
Board members George Pry and Vice President Kevin Fischer dissented. Vice President Diana Kazour abstained. President Nancy Sciulli DiNardo was absent.
“While I can understand the motion, I have mixed feelings about where it is. The problem about adding motions from the floor that eliminate — in essence, terminate — people in an immediate action, I think, is a major problem,” Pry said.
A motion to table eliminating the position failed in a 5-3 vote with Pry, Fischer and Kazour voting in support.
This is the second month in a row when a motion that wasn't on the board's agenda has led to a district employee losing a job.
Last month, board members approved the termination of Baldwin High School cafeteria manager Kristy Morgan in a 7-2 vote, with cause. Pry and Fischer dissented. Officials accused Morgan of throwing away food that a football boosters group left in a school cafeteria.
The day after board members fired Morgan, district food service director Tammy Caponi retired.
District administrators said they planned to recommend a candidate for the food service director position for hiring at the school board's voting meeting Wednesday, which occurred after the South Hills Record's deadline.
The food service director will have input on the hiring of a cafeteria manager at Baldwin High School, Lutz said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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.
- Baldwin police seeking two men suspected in robbery
- Baldwin-Whitehall leaders support student-recognition project
- Dodgeball tourney benefits Thomas Jefferson prom
- Whitehall library discussion offers education to parents of autistic children
- Brentwood’s school resource officer a multitask facilitator