Keystone Oaks hires principal for Dormont Elementary

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The Keystone Oaks school board unanimously voted Thursday to appoint Brian Werner as principal of Dormont Elementary School at a salary of $92,000 per year.

Mr. Werner is still under contract with his current employer, Gateway School District, where he was principal at University Park Elementary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Penn State university and a master’s degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Superintendent William Stropkaj said while Mr. Werner accepted the position Aug. 4, he has not yet been released by Gateway. However, he said Mr. Werner has already reached out to the parents at Dormont Elementary.

“He has already met with the (parent family organization),” Mr. Stropkaj said.

Assistant superintendent Kathleen Foster has been filling the role of principal at Dormont Elementary until Mr. Werner joins the staff.

Mr. Werner replaces former principal Roberta Ann Barnes, who resigned earlier this summer.

The board also approved salaries for other administrators including Myrtle Avenue Elementary principal Joseph Arcuri at a salary of $93,474, high school principal Scott Hagy at a salary of $108,624 and Aiken Elementary principal Mark Iampietro at a salary of $72,899.

In other personnel matters, the board voted 8-1, with Dan Domalik dissenting, to hire Justin Talbert as systems administrator at a salary of $50,000 per year, retroactive to Aug. 18. Mr. Talbert had previously been employed by the University of Pittsburgh.


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