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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Greensburg Salem school directors on Wednesday approved a second sabbatical leave for an administrator who has threatened to sue the school district and directors.

In a 6-2 vote, directors granted Lisa Rullo's request for a second leave for health restoration.

Dr. Richard Payha and Angela DeMarino-Tooch voted no. Frank Gazze and Rullo didn't attend the regular meeting.

The leave will run one-half a school term and be retroactive to Sept. 14, when Rullo's first sabbatical ended, Superintendent Eileen Amato said.

Directors discussed the second sabbatical leave during a closed-door meeting held for personnel and legal reasons.

“I want the public to know, most board members are listening to legal counsel,” Payha said.

He said he would have liked an “independent examination” to be done, although that isn't required.

The first leave for Rullo, director of student and district services, began on May 6.

In March, Rullo filed notice in Westmoreland County Court that she might sue the school district, Director Lee Kunkle and President Ron Mellinger for harassment. Both directors voted in favor of granting the second sabbatical leave.

Former President Nat Pantalone, who Rullo also indicated might be named as a defendant, quit the board in June, in part over the handling of the Rullo case.

The school district's attorney in the case, John Smart of the Pittsburgh law firm of Andrew and Price, filed a notice on Monday in county court telling Rullo to file her civil complaint in 10 days or face the possibility of a dismissal order.

Rullo, Kunkle, Mellinger, Pantalone and Amato all have declined to comment on the proposed suit.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 724-836-6622 or

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