North Allegheny approves policy for board members' volunteer work

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The North Allegheny School Board tonight approved a policy prohibiting board members from holding volunteer positions where they are supervised by district staff.

At the moment, the policy only applies to board member Ralph Pagone, who is the head coach of the varsity girls' slow-pitch softball team. He is supervised by Athletic Director Bob Bozzuto, who reports to the school board.

The original policy was amended to take effect at the end of his current term. Mr. Pagone's term ends in November, and he was reappointed tonight as softball coach.

Board President Maureen Grosheider said an attorney for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association said that board members should not hold volunteer positions that would otherwise be paid. Head coaches of all other sports are paid by the district.

Several residents spoke against the policy at tonight's board meeting and accused the board of trying to influence the election. Mr. Pagone won nomination on both tickets in the May primary for his third term on the board. He has coached softball since 2010 and brought the program to the district.

He did not attend the meeting.

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:


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