The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Area School Board meeting held on June 13:
Moment of Silence
- At the request of Board Member Anthony Buzzelli, the school board held an additional moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 13.
- Remedial summer school will be held from June 20 to July 29. There will be no school on July 4.
- There will be a board meeting on June 27 to approve the budget.
- The board and administration congratulated the softball team and coach Gary Rozanski for winning the section title, winning the Class AA WPIAL title and advancing to the second round of playoffs. The team remained undefeated until its final game. In addition, pitcher Skyla Greco, a junior, was recognized for being named the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Athlete of the Week.
- The board and administration congratulated juniors Taylor Petrak and Billy Lott for advancing to the PIAA state competition at Baldwin University for Track and Field. Petrak qualified in the 300 meter hurdles, and Lott in the 1600 meter run.
- At the recommendation of Borough Solicitor John DeCaro, four motions concerning taxes where tabled until after the budget is approved.
- The department chairpersons for Lincoln High School were approved as follows: Scott Timmerman- science, John DiBuono- health/PE, Rob Pryde- technology, Mark Stanley- math, Chrissy Walmsley- special education, Felecia Greco- music, Lori Hudeck- language arts, Brad Arbutina- social studies, Amanda Long- foreign languages, and April Thellman- guidance.
- The list of remedial secondary summer school teachers was approved as follows: Mandy Conklin- language arts, Rob Rough- social studies, Scott Timmerman- science, April Thellman- math.
- The following volunteer summer condition coaches were approved: Rob Rak and Anthony Sainato- boys basketball, Anthony Cortez and Cam-Rahn Cortez- girls basketball, John DiBuono, Joe Ricciutti and Joelynne Scalzo-Koury, volleyball.
- The following coaches were reimbursed for extended season pay: Al Campman, Tom Natale and Tony Nocera for Track & Field at a rate of $50 each; Gary Rozanski for softball at a rate of $400; and Rick McClintick, Kay Belissimo and Robyn Nicklas for softball at a rate of $150 each.
- Frank Keally was appointed as the junior high head football coach at a salary of $3,200.
- In a 6-3 vote, Curt Agostinelli was approved as the Athletic Director for the 2016-2017 school year at a rate of $10,000 a year. The contract of the current athletic director, Darrin Morella, expired and was not renewed. Vice president Matt Morella, board president Renee Pitrelli and board member Erica Gray voted no. The latter two cast dissenting votes because the position was not advertised.
Athletics, Facilities and Community
- A motion was passed to authorize a contract with Nicklas-King-McConahy Real Estate Appraisers to evaluate the property of the former Ewing Park elementary school. At last week’s agenda meeting, board member Jennifer Tomon requested the board make moves toward selling the property, as it is currently unused and not on the tax rolls. The board agreed to begin by passing a motion to appraise the property.
Correction [10:50 a.m.]: Renee Pitrelli was labelled as a board member instead of as the board president.