Pittsburgh Public Schools makes 14 principal changes throughout district

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Fourteen principal changes were made by the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight and an acting administrator has been named to a permanent position.

Connie Sims was named chief of school performance for a term of May 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016. Her annual salary is $144,000, with the possibility of an annual performance increment of $2,000 and an annual achievement bonus up to $15,000. Her appointment is contingent on the execution of a contract.

The principal changes, which are for the coming school year, included:

• Leah McCord, a principal in Shaler Area School District, to principal of the Teaching Institute at Pittsburgh King Pre-K-8.

• Dennis Chakey, from principal of Carrick High School to Pittsburgh Perry High School.

• David Lott, from principal of Oliver Citywide Academy to Pioneer.

• Michael Perella, from principal of Whitter K-5 to Concord K-5.

• Angel Washington, from principal of the Teaching Institute at Brashear 6-12 to principal of Carrick High School.

• Holly Ballard, from principal of Weil PreK-5 t o Arlington PreK-8.

• Jessica Colbert, from principal of Concord K-5 to principal of Oliver Citywide Academy.

• Yarrra Howze, from teacher at Sterrett 6-8 to principal of Allegheny 6-8.

• Jamie Kinzel-Nath, from acting principal of Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8 to principal of Montessori.

• Valerie Lucas, from principal of Montessori to principal of Whittier K-5.

• Anthony Pipkin, acting principal of Roosevelt PreK-5 to principal of Weil K-5.

• Ashley Porter, from assistant principal of South Brook 6-8 to principal of Roosevelt PreK-5.

• Nina Sacco, from principal of Perry High School to Westwood K-5.

• John Vater, from acting principal of Brookline PreK-8 to principal of Brookline.

Other action included naming George Brown, who was assistant chief of school safety, to acting chief of school safety. The current chief, Lisetta Novicki, is taking a leave of absence.

In addition, raises were made in the salary schedules for school administrators and non-represented district employees. In total, the 307 employees will receive combined increases of $523,871 a year, counting step increases.

Jody Spolar, chief human resources officer, said that amounts to about 2 percent, counting step increases. In some cases, the step increase portion took effect in January.

The personnel agenda also included the dismissals of two professional and two paraprofessional employees. The agenda identified them only by initials.


Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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