TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Mediator to hear debate on status of Greensburg Salem administrator

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Greensburg Salem School District and administrator Lisa Rullo have turned to a third party and nonbinding mediation in an attempt to settle her employment dispute, parties involved in the talks said on Friday.

The first session will be held on Feb. 21.

“I'm looking at it that we come to a resolution,” Superintendent Eileen Amato said. “What that resolution is, I'm not sure.”

Charles Steele, Rullo's attorney, said he views mediation as two parties making the effort to find a solution.

“I look at it very positively,” he said. “Mediation can be very helpful because a new set of eyes is looking at both positions.”

In this case, the mediator can make suggestions but not dictate what the parties do, Steele added.

“The mediator only has the power of persuasion, not to rule,” he said.

Steele declined to say whether a mediator has been selected, adding that mediation is done in private.

Rullo has been away from her $134,996-a-year job as director of student and district services since last spring. The school board approved two sabbatical leaves for her for health restoration, and she has accrued sick time to use.

School district attorney William Andrews did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

“I think that everyone is just anxious to get to a resolution so we can focus on education in the district,” Amato said.

More than 75 people packed a school board meeting last week and presented a petition that was critical of Amato and “a couple” of unnamed school directors, who, it said, “lost sight of their ethical and legal responsibilities.”They further criticized the amount of taxpayer money being spent over matters related to Rullo.

So far, the district has paid nearly $28,500 to Andrews or his firm for matters related to Rullo, district officials said. Other invoices may be forthcoming, they said.

During a meeting on Jan. 10, attorneys discussed a proposal to have a third party settle the dispute, Rullo wrote on her Facebook page that day.

Two hearings were held in November in an attempt to demote Rullo to an associate principal position at the high school. District officials canceled a third session scheduled in December.

Rullo took the rare step of demanding her demotion hearings be held in public.

Amato was the only witness to testify before the hearings ended.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. 7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing
  2. Woman to stand trial in Jeannette tot’s death
  3. Woman admits to theft of 2 weapons in Latrobe shooting case
  4. Police: Woman tried to start fire at neighbor’s house in Derry Township
  5. Psychologist’s compassion buoyed students, friends
  6. Bank seeks to foreclose on Eastern Derry Twp. VFD
  7. Westmoreland County sheriff won’t alter staffing as cash runs out
  8. New Stanton council hikes garbage fees to $13.65 per month
  9. Man taken to hospital from scene of Hempfield house fire
  10. Higher property taxes in Westmoreland County ruled out despite $15M budget gap
  11. Homewood man faces drug charges after chase in Trafford
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.