Latrobe board shuffles school administrators
By Joe Napsha
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
The Greater Latrobe School Board Tuesday approved a shuffling of its administrative team for the 2013-2014 school year, moves made in response to the district's assistant superintendent taking the job as Franklin Regional's superintendent.
Georgia Teppert, Greater Latrobe's director of support services, was appointed to the position of assistant to the superintendent, effective July 1. Teppert has directed support services for the past three years and previously was high school principal and assistant principal.
Michael Porembka, Baggaley Elementary School principal, was named director of teaching and learning, also effective July 1. Prior to taking the job as principal four years ago, he had been an assistant junior high school principal for four years.
“It's bittersweet. It's a great opportunity to work with the entire district,” Porembka said.
The two administrators will replace duties handled by Assistant Superintendent Gennaro Piraino, 39, who is leaving the district on April 21 to become the superintendent of Franklin Regional in Murrysville.
Superintendent Judith Swigart said the district wanted to make the appointments now to enable both Teppert and Porembka to work with Piraino before he leaves for Franklin Regional so they can learn their new duties.
“We had people in the district who fit our needs,” Swigart said.
Although the two administrators will be getting new jobs and different responsibilities, Swigart said that will not have an impact on the budget.
Swigart said the school board has yet to decide how it will fill the elementary principal's post at Baggaley. The district opted to hire from within rather than seek outside applicants to enable the two administrators to work with Piraino before he leaves.
In other business, the school district approved a resolution that any real estate tax increase it would pass would be no more than 1.67 mills.
The 1.67 mills is the highest Greater Latrobe could raise property taxes in the 2013-2014 school year under the state's Act 1, which requires districts to limit real estate tax hikes to a level set by an inflation index.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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