North Allegheny school directors accepted the resignations of Brian Miller, assistant superintendent for K-12 education, and Rachel Fischbaugh, assistant principal of Carson Middle School.
Mr. Miller is becoming superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District on July 1. He started with North Allegheny as a health and physical education teacher in 1996.
"I toyed with the idea of voting against his resignation as an indication of how much the district values him," board President Maureen Grosheider said April 24. "He has done exemplary work in whatever he has done. He very much deserves the superintendency."
Ms. Fischbaugh is leaving to become principal of Hartwood Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
"She was a wonderful administrator and served the district well," said board member Linda Bishop.
Board member Libby Blackburn noticed a trend.
"Other school districts realize that our administrators are what they need in order to further their school districts," she said. "North Allegheny people in general are the people that other districts look to bring to their districts and hire them away from us."
The board has hired Tower Engineering for $15,052 to prepare plans and oversee installation of video phone systems and door access controls for all schools and key card systems in Bradford Woods, Hosack, Marshall, McKnight and Peebles elementary schools.
The two-step security system includes exterior video and phone connections for visitors. The school secretary can buzz visitors through an exterior door, but the visitor would have to be buzzed into the school office as well. The system was recommended by a security consultant hired after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Other safety and security items approved include installing walls and doors in Hosack Elementary School, which has an "open classroom" design, and paving a gravel road to a softball and multipurpose field at the senior high school. It is difficult to get wheelchairs or ambulances to those fields, said superintendent Raymond Gualtieri.
The work at Hosack will be done by R.A. Glancy and Sons Inc. for $201,106. The road to the fields will be paved by McElroy Paving Co. Inc. for $91,000.
Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.