Latrobe school directors weigh replacing assistant
Greater Latrobe school directors are discussing options for filling an assistant superintendent's position now that the current assistant superintendent was hired to become Franklin Regional School District's superintendent next April, school officials said Tuesday.
Superintendent Judith Swigart said after the board meeting Tuesday that filling Gennaro R. Piraino Jr.'s job has been discussed in executive session.
The school district has a few months until the assistant superintendent's position is vacant because Piraino will not start his new job at Franklin Regional until April 21.
“That's the good thing,” Swigart said.
Piraino, 39, of Latrobe will replace Emery D‘Arcangelo, who is retiring in April.
Swigart and Susan Mains, board president, said no decision has been made whether to replace Piraino for the remaining two months of the school year after he leaves Greater Latrobe.
“Nothing is set in stone,” Swigart said.
In addition to being the assistant superintendent, Piraino has been in charge of the district's curriculum instruction, a role that likely will have to be filled by someone, Swigart said.
If the school board wants to replace Piraino with another assistant superintendent, Swigart said, the district has a few administrators who already have earned their letter of eligibility from the state Department of Education, certifying them as able to serve as a superintendent.
If the district opts to hire an assistant to the superintendent, the position can be filled by someone who does not have a superintendent's certification, Swigart said.
In other business, the board authorized the administration to approve “time-sensitive requests” for change orders not exceeding $25,000 on its $9.4 million multipurpose athletic complex that will be built at the junior-senior high school complex in Unity.
The board granted permission for the change orders to the project only after informal board communication and authorization, before formal board action at the next regular board meeting. The requests for changes to the project also must be approved by the Greater Latrobe School Authority.
Daniel Watson, Greater Latrobe's business manager, said the decision to set a $25,000 limit on the “time-sensitive” requests for change was recommended by the district's architect on the project, Hank Tkacik, a principal of Axis Architecture of North Huntingdon.
In other matters, the board approved Michelle Wilson as the new tax collector for Youngstown Borough.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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