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Tiff cost Austintown schools $16,175

Published: Fri, March 28, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


An investigation into allegations made by Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca and board member Harold Porter cost the school district thousands of dollars.

HR On Call Inc. charged district attorneys $16,175.60 for its investigation. The district then reimbursed its attorneys with district funds for the case that found Porter violated board policy, bullied Colaluca and had “conflicting business interests.”

The investigation stemmed from an incident at an Oct. 22 board meeting at which board member Dr. David Ritchie walked Porter out after he and Colaluca exchanged words after the meeting. Ritchie then told Colaluca that Porter said he wanted to “punch [Colaluca] in the face.”

Colaluca filled out a bullying incident report against Porter the next day, which began the investigation.

Also in the report, there was an email in which Colaluca told board members he had been offered the assistant superintendent job with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center for $106,000 a year in May 2012.

That would be only a small raise from his current salary in Austintown, $103,939.81 for the 2013-14 school year.


1youngstownsteve(78 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Throw both of these ***holes out of Austintown. Send Colaluca back to Boardman, maybe they will hire him as a janitor

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2dd933(262 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

In many states there is only one school district per county. Maryland, Virginia and Florida are a few of them. Imagine how much they save in superintendent salaries....It would also eliminate the confusion of so many school boards.

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3Photoman(1025 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Agencies both governmental and quasi-governmental continue to grow but must be trimmed to reasonable levels. The individual greed within so many agencies destroys their ability to properly utilize our tax dollars for the intended purposes. I agree that we are administratively very top heavy and that one superintendent could serve an entire county-at current salary levels.

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4Hmmmmm(48 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

It Is really an over simplification to think one superintendant could serve a whole county,,,, maybe in name only. One county supt. would probably need many administrators to do the same thing that they are doing now.It just comes down to how many people one person can supervise.A school supt is a very complicated job,, one has to be an attorney, administrator,financial wizard, shrink, baby sitter and a politician,,, who would want the job is beyond me.

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