Greensburg Salem School Board president mum on resignation
The president of the Greensburg Salem School Board has submitted his resignation over a “continuing disagreement” in a personnel issue, he said Thursday.
Nat Pantalone, who served 14 years on the board, declined to identify the personnel matter.
“Due to a continuing disagreement over a personnel issue, I don't want to be part of the board,” Pantalone said. “It's a continuing disagreement on this personnel issue, and I'm not happy with the way it's going. I'm not pleased.”
Pantalone handed his resignation letter to Superintendent Eileen Amato during a board meeting Wednesday.
Before the public session, Pantalone and other directors met privately with attorney William Andrews for what Amato later said were personnel and legal issues.
The state Sunshine Law allows governmental boards to meet in private over certain issues involving personnel or legal issues.
Andrews is representing the district and three directors in a potential lawsuit from administrator Lisa Rullo, according to Westmoreland County Court records. Rullo filed notice in March that she might sue the district and directors Pantalone, Lee Kunkle and Ron Mellinger.
Directors last month granted Rullo a sabbatical leave for health reasons.
Rullo has not filed a complaint listing her allegations against the district and the directors, all of whom have declined comment.
Pantalone attended the private meeting, left early and returned with his resignation letter.
“Due (to) the way things are being handled and people are being treated, I can no longer be part of the Greensburg Salem School Board,” his letter states. “Please accept my letter of resignation, effective immediately.”
In an email to the Tribune-Review later on Thursday, Pantalone said his resignation has nothing to do with the Rullo matter.
“I fully support Lisa and the other administrators,” he added.
Amato declined comment on the Rullo matter or Pantalone's claims of a personnel dispute.
Pantalone, who is in his second year as president, said he wants to spend more time with his family.
“I've enjoyed my time on the board,” he said. “We have excellent administrators, great staff and excellent schools.”
Solicitor John Scales said he views Pantalone's resignation as taking effect when he submitted the letter Wednesday. He said a board vote on the resignation next Wednesday is a formality.
“My position will be ... he's resigned, effective immediately,” Scales said.
The board has 30 days after the resignation to name a successor, Scales said. If directors fail to name a replacement in that time, the public can petition county court to name a successor.
The replacement's term will run until Dec. 1.
Pantalone was in the second year of a four-year term.
Kunkle couldn't be reached for comment.
Mellinger declined to talk about the Rullo matter.
“It's in the attorney's hands, and it would be some kind of breach if I would comment on it,” he said.
Mellinger said Pantalone previously has spoken about resigning, but this is the first time he submitted a letter.
“He's a well-known and well-liked person,” he added. “And he was a good board member.”
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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