Struthers BOE ties up loose ends at special meeting



The Struthers Board of Education approved “some extra issues” it couldn’t wait another two weeks to address.

First, board members hired two new middle-school teachers: Scott Stoddart and James Franceschelli, who will teach science and math, respectively.

They will each be paid a $31,117 salary.

Dennis Spisak, board member, said at Monday’s special meeting the board wanted “to get the teachers hired as quickly as possible, so they would be prepared and ready to go” by the first day of school.

For the football program, the board approved a one-year assistant coaching contract for Mike Mascola, as well as the appointment of volunteers Drew Rauzan and Eric Martin.

Drayer Physical Therapy, too, will provide athletic training services and staff, while Dr. Peter Andrews, of Struthers, will be employed by the district as a consulting physician, at a fee of $2,500 for the 2013-14 school year.

Football practice began last week — while practice for several other sports will soon begin — so it was imperative the board “approved an athletic training service as soon as possible and that [the district] would employ a doctor for the safety and health issues of our athletes,” Spisak said.

In another matter, the board amended one of its policies concerning unused vacation leave, which was “not in alignment” with the contract given to Joseph Nohra, superintendent.

The old policy set a limit of five days, while Nohra’s contract permitted 10 days, Spisak said.

The revised board policy now allows authorized administrators — specifically Nohra and Treasurer Arthur J. Ginnetti III — to carry an additional five days “above the annual vacation leave balance,” which cannot exceed 30 days in any contractual year.

“Now, [Nohra and Ginnetti] are basically on the same page. They have the same contract now,” Spisak said. “It’s the new norm.”

The board will next meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the board of education office, 99 Euclid Ave.

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