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Jeannette school board hires new principal

Jamie Martines
| Monday, June 18, 2018, 10:21 p.m.
Former Jeannette High School Principal Patricia Rozycki resigned at a special meeting of the school board on May 30, 2018.
Former Jeannette High School Principal Patricia Rozycki resigned at a special meeting of the school board on May 30, 2018.

A new principal will be in charge of Jeannette Junior/Senior High School.

Joseph P. Baker, who will earn $82,000, replaces Patricia Rozycki, who resigned May 30 at a special school board meeting.

Baker spent eight years as a chemistry teacher at Franklin Regional High School before moving into administrative positions in the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, where he served as an elementary principal for four years and a secondary principal for five years. He spent the past year as a principal and education director for Adelphoi Education.

He will start on July 1, after the school board voted Monday to hire him.

Rozycki's resignation went into effect June 30, and she was awarded a severance package, according to school board documents.

Superintendent Matthew Jones said it was a personnel matter and declined to comment further.

The Tribune-Review submitted a Right-to-Know request for the details of the severance package June 7. The district has requested a 30-day extension to review the related documents. It must respond by July 13.

Rozycki was placed on paid administrative leave March 19.

At that time, Jones told the Tribune-Review the move was part of district policy. “There are no indications of any inappropriate contact with a student,” he said.

Rozycki was principal at the high school for five years and previously taught high school English.

Rozycki earned about $90,200 annually, according to state Department of Education data from the 2016-17 school year.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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