Southmoreland names new business manager
A new business manager has been appointed for the Southmoreland School District.
School directors voted 6-2 this week to appoint James Marnell to the position. Voting in favor of the motion were board President Levi Miller and fellow school directors James Beistel, Gail Rhodes, Aimee Love, Jason Pawlikowsky and Michael Bentz. Voting against the motion were school directors Catherine Fike and Ken Alt. School Director Josie Kauffman was not in attendance
Marnell is currently serving as interim business manager for the Steel Valley School District. He also spent time as the interim business manager of the Northern Cambria School District and served as business manager of the Ligonier Valley School District for more than 20 years. Marnell was given a three-year contract with a starting salary of $90,000.
Superintendent John Molnar said Marnell will begin at Southmoreland after giving two weeks' notice to Steel Valley.
Marnell replaces Bill Salem. The board accepted Salem's resignation in January after 18 months on the job. Salem replaced longtime business manger Bill Porter, who had retired.
“I think he brings a great deal of experience to the district,” Molnar said after the meeting. “He is well respected among any other business manager in the county that I have spoken to. We're excited to have someone to provide both expertise and stability to our business office.”
Molnar said there were five candidates who met the qualifications the district sought. Two were brought in for a second interview.
“On the interview committee were three administrators and three board members and Dr. Fike as an observer,” Molnar explained. “The second round of interviews were held, one board member had to work and neither Dr. Fike nor Mr. Alt came to the second round of interviews. At that round of interviews, there were two individuals, one of whom was chosen. They were both very competent individuals. We thought Mr. Marnell brought a little more experience to meet our needs.”
Fike expressed displeasure with the process used to select a new business manager.
“This was the most unethical, underhanded process I have ever seen in my life,” Fike said. “I'm absolutely sick about what this board has and has not done.”
Alt said he agreed with Fike's thoughts when he cast his vote.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media.
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.
- Flight 93 memorial fire hints at struggle to safeguard historic artifacts
- DEP orders cleanup of former Jeannette Glass property to resume
- Route 217 bridge across Loyalhanna Creek reopens early
- The real Captain Phillips brings story of piracy to St. Vincent College
- Southwest Greensburg man died of injuries in accident in Bell
- Laurel Mountain State Park ski plans will go to Ligonier Township supervisors
- Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop
- Former Ligonier Township supervisor accused of abusing position, viewing porn on the job
- Missing Southwest Greensburg man found dead at crash site in Bell
- Mt. Pleasant man injured when tractor hit by vehicle
- Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County upgrades emergency communications plan