PT board approves contract with acting superintendent

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With the resignation of Peters Township School District Superintendent Nina Zetty and her departure effective Dec. 1, the school board voted unanimously during a meeting Monday to approve a contract with Joseph C. Dimperio as acting superintendent. In October, Dimperio was named to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. He will be paid $500 a day without benefits, and the contract is not to exceed one year.


Zetty resigned to accept a similar job in Gateway School District.


Also in October, the board agreed to seek outside firms interested in conducting the search for a new superintendent. As of Monday, five firms had submitted proposals, including two on the national level, two located in the state and one local firm.


The board will hold a closed meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the proposals.


The board also approved a three-year agreement with Peters Township Service Employees International Union members in custodial and maintenance, effective Sept. 1. As part of the agreement, longer-term employees will receive raises of 25 cents per hour, per year, with newer workers seeing an increase of 30 cents per hour each year. There are 46 employees in the union, and of those, about 38 to 39 are in custodial and six to seven are in maintenance. The previous contract expired Aug. 31.


Capitalizing on low interest rates, the board unanimously approved refinancing of bonds and the issuance of new bonds at an interest rate of 1.1 percent for a total of $7 million. The current rate of the refinanced bonds is 3.2 percent, and with the new issue, the district could see a savings of as much as $325,000. Money from the new series of bonds will be available in early January and can be held for future projects for as long as three years.


With the completion of football season, three parents and one member of the football team told the board of their support for head coach Rich Piccinini. Several team members did not speak but appeared at the meeting in support of Piccinini.


Parent Gretchen Corrado of Center Church Road said relations between the coach and players was “greatly improved” this season over last. Following the 2011 season, several parents complained to the board about accusations that some students played while injured. Despite the rumors, the board approved Piccinini for another season of coaching. In Peters Township, each extracurricular activity, including sports, has the coaching or sponsorship positions opened at the end of the season. Often the same coach or sponsor is reappointed, but that appointment is not guaranteed. Lukas Cervenak of Fox Run Drive and Sean Sullivan of Teaberry Lane also asked the board to consider Piccinini for reappointment.


Student Dan Sehnert of Alexander Drive presented the board with a petition signed by 38 players asking that Piccinini be retained as head football coach. No action was taken on filling the open football coaching position.


In other action, the board:


n Approved a contract with Industrial Commercial Elevator for $1,820 per year for five years for preventative maintenance for the district’s six elevators and one lift.


n Approved the resignation of Joyce Dahlstrom, director of transportation, effective Dec. 1.


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