South Fayette School Board defers basketball coach vote

Published Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm (Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm)

The South Fayette school board effectively tabled the decision to promote the boys seventh/eighth grade basketball coach to the varsity team after a stalled 4-3 vote at the Aug. 26 meeting.

When board president Len Fornella asked for a motion to vote on James Kirker to become assistant varsity basketball coach for the 2014-15 season, Jennifer Iriti offered the motion nearly 15 seconds later. Another 10 seconds passed before a second motion offered up the action for a vote. Board members Teresa Burroughs, Todd Petrillo and Lena Hannah voted no. Board members Bill Newcomer and Alan Vezzi were absent.

“I want to ask Mr. Kirker some more questions,” Burroughs said, “and this will come up on the agenda in September.”

The board however, did approve hires for varsity track coach, assistant varsity football coach and varsity assistant soccer coaches, with Scott Litwinovich, Ken Morgan, Nolan Levine and Michelle Latta Maloney, respectively, accepting the positions. The board previously approved hiring Kenny Morgan as varsity baseball coach at the Aug. 19 committee meeting.

It was revealed at the meeting enrollment for the district was underestimated by about 70 students. Total enrollment is currently 2,890 students.

Superintendent Dr. Billie Rondinelli said the demographic projections are usually conservative.

“We’ve prepared, hired new staff that are now in place, and this won’t impact anyone’s ability in the classroom,” she said.

In other action, the board approved a lease agreement totaling $109,179 for approximately 100 Hewlett-Packard laptop computers. The final number is to be determined after the costs of two different models are considered.

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