North Allegheny School District resignation leads to administrative restructuring
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The resignation of a top official in the North Allegheny School District led to an administrative reshuffling that eliminates one position.
The school board June 27 approved the moves recommended by Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri.
The moves were precipitated by the resignation of William Stropkaj, assistant superintendent for elementary education. On Sunday, he became superintendent of the Keystone Oaks School District, which covers Castle Shannon, Dormont and Green Tree.
Brian Miller, formerly assistant superintendent for secondary education, is now assistant superintendent of K-12 education. He will be assisted by James Bradley, who was named supervisor of elementary education. Mr. Bradley had been principal of Marshall Elementary School since March 2008 and will be paid $112,436 per year.
Michael Pasquinelli, who was coordinator of academic technology, a position created in November 2010, was named principal of Marshall Elementary. He will be paid $99,023 per year.
The position of coordinator of academic technology was eliminated. All moves in North Allegheny took effect Sunday.
Mr. Bradley holds a doctorate in education from Duquesne University. Prior to becoming principal at Marshall, he was assistant principal, lead teacher and a fifth grade teacher there. He began his career at Pine Crest Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.
Mr. Pasquinelli is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined North Allegheny in 2009 as assistant principal of Carson Middle School. Mr. Pasquinelli began his career as a math teacher in Baltimore, Md. and previously served as an assistant principal at Gateway High School and principal at Moss Side Elementary School in the Gateway School District.
Mr. Gualtieri said the moves will save an estimated $140,000 to $150,000 per year in salary and benefits.
Several other administrators received new titles under the plan:
• Tammy Andreyko, from assistant superintendent for curriculum to assistant superintendent of academic advancement
• Roger Botti, from director of assets, transportation and technology to director of transportation and operations
• Karyn Dobda, from coordinator of strategic planning and staff development, to coordinator of online learning and professional development
• Joy Ed, from director of communications and public relations to director of communications and development.
In other action, the board approved accepting $1,200 worth of materials for improvements to the fitness course at the intermediate high school.
Improvements include the construction and installation of 15 plyometric boxes, 96 feet of bars for push-ups and rows and four inter-connected pull-up stations. Lowe's is providing the materials and volunteer labor.
The board also approved its meeting dates for the 2012-13 school year. The board will meet: Aug. 15 and 22, Sept. 12 and 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and 28, Dec. 5 and 19, Jan. 16 and 23, Feb. 20 and 27, March 20, April 17 and 24, May 15 and 22, June 19 and 26, and July 17.
Also, resident Kim Congedo continued her call to the board to replace the dance team coach.
Mrs. Congedo, who also spoke to the board in May, said only 17 girls auditioned for the dance team. Eleven made the team, 10 of whom take dance lessons at the studio owned by the coach, which Mrs. Congedo contended was a "major conflict of interest." Four students who were on the dance team last year did not audition this year, she said.
"I think that any program that expends money should be at its best. This one isn't," she said. "It's really a poor program. If we are going to spend our money, that seems to be at a premium, it should be better."
First Published July 6, 2012 12:00 am