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Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

Greater Latrobe's assistant junior high school principal will take the top job at Baggaley Elementary School for the next school year, part of a continuing reshuffling of the district's administrative team.

The school board on Tuesday unanimously approved the hiring of Kimberly A. Hzero, 37, of Latrobe, as the new principal for the school in the Unity village, effective July 1, at a salary of $84,000.

“I will miss the junior high school, but I'm very excited to get back to my elementary (school) roots,” said Hzero, who was a teacher at Latrobe Elementary School for six years.

Hzero, a graduate of St. Vincent College in Unity, will replace Michael Porembka, who was named director of teaching and learning, effective July 1. Before taking the position of Baggaley's principal four years ago, he was assistant junior high school principal for four years.

Hzero said she wants to continue the student achievement that Baggaley has made. The students have strong parental support, and the school is very family-oriented, Hzero said.

Being named to principal's post during the current school year will give her an opportunity to learn about the school while Porembka is still in the position, Hzero said.

The school district's administration team was reorganized in January because Assistant Superintendent Gennaro Piraino is leaving the district on April 21 to become superintendent of the Franklin Regional School District in Murrysville.

Georgia Teppert, Greater Latrobe's director of support services, will become assistant to the superintendent, effective July 1. Teppert has directed support services for three years and previously was high school principal and assistant principal.

In other business, the school board approved a dual enrollment agreement with Seton Hill University, which will enable high school students to take college-level courses at the Greensburg liberal arts school.

The school district has similar agreements with St. Vincent College, Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood and Penn Highlands Community College in Richland in Cambria County.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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