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Frazier hires new business manager

| Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Frazier School Board has made several key personnel changes in administration, including hiring a business manager at $80,000 per year.

The board agreed to hire Tracy A. Harris. Her contract runs through June 30, 2015.

Also last week, the board accepted the resignation of Acting Superintendent Frederick Smeigh and appointed former elementary principal Ken Meadows to the position.

School Board President Stacey Erdely said there were two individuals interviewed for the business manager job and Harris was the best qualified.

Harris is from the Jefferson Hills area. She has seven years of school audit experience while working with the accounting firm Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Wood, out of Mt. Lebanon.

She also served three years with South Allegheny School District as assistant business manager and five years with California School District as head business manager.

Harris said she applied for the job after she saw there was an opening.

"I was just ready for a change," she said.

Directors also accepted the resignation of Joseph Scalise as athletic director and at the same meeting agreed to hire Mike Turek, the middle school principal, as temporary athletic director until the district hires a new one.

They also accepted the resignation of Livia Poling as the head girls basketball coach and agreed to advertise both internally and publicly for the position.

In other business, directors agreed to several salary increases for the support staff retroactive to July 1.

Anne Peters will receive $91,200 annually; high school principal Kelly Lombard will receive $83,600, and middle school principal Michael Turek will receive $80,600.

Secretaries at the different buildings range from just over $29,000 to just over $32,000, payroll / tax clerk and accounts payable clerk just over $35,000, cafeteria and transportation coordinator nearly $37,000, technology coordinator over $65,000 and building and grounds supervisor over $52,000.

Directors agreed to furlough a guidance counselor, whose name they would not mention, effective Aug. 23.

One resident spoke out in defense of the counselor's job, saying she went above and beyond to write his son a recommendation letter to West Point Military Academy.

"These kids need guidance and she would have written this kind of letter for any one of them," he said.

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