Norwin Schools AD resigns; replacement hired

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Norwin school board last week accepted the resignation of the district's new athletic director, Michael Burrell, and hired another, Brandon Rapp.

The school board hired Mr. Burrell to be the new athletic director on June 19 at a salary of $55,000 per year to replace Randy Rovesti, who is retiring.

At a meeting on July 10, Norwin superintendent William Kerr said Mr. Burrell resigned because he decided to remain with his current employer, North Catholic High School.

In between several closed-door sessions, Mr. Kerr said school directors were trying to select a new athletic director.

When the public meeting reconvened, school board President Robert Perkins said Mr. Rapp, who is athletic director and director of transportation at Derry Area School District, had been selected as the new Norwin director of athletics and student activities. His salary will be $68,000 per year.

Thomas Wrobleski, director of human resources, said a start date for Mr. Rapp has not been established, but likely will be within two to three weeks.

According to his resume, Mr. Rapp has been employed at Derry Area since July 2010, has supervised the construction of a 6,000-square-foot fitness center and 2012 renovations of the stadium and tennis courts.

He also has developed an athletic handbook, served as director of facilities, run 19 athletic programs and managed more than 53 employees in that capacity.


Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:


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