- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

May 23, 2014

SR board hires superintendent; budget meeting set

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock Area School District will have a new leader come July 1.

Board members on Monday hired Dr. Alfonso Angelucci of Ellwood City, superintendent of Union Area School District, New Castle.

School directors also voted in favor of Angelucci's three-year contract at an annual salary of $122,000; both votes were unanimous.

He'll be replacing Dr. Kathleen Nogay, who is retiring June 30 after 44 years in education. She came to Slippery Rock in 2001 as assistant superintendent and was named superintendent in 2007.

"I'm excited as can be. I'm raring to go," Angelucci said at Monday's meeting. "I'm looking forward to working with all of you."

He said he wanted to recognize Nogay for her dedication to the field, calling her a "highly-decorated educator."

He's not one to give long speeches, but said he's been impressed so far with the district.

After the meeting, Angelucci said he's looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that come with starting a new job, and he's excited about enhancing the district's curriculum and being a part of its community involvement, especially the partnership with Slippery Rock University, where he earned his bachelor's in education.

Angelucci earned his master's in education and education leadership from George Mason University and his doctor of education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and assistant principal in Virginia, and before his current job in the Union Area School District, he was an elementary school principal and the assistant superintendent for the Ellwood City Area School District.

Angelucci, a Shenango Township, Lawrence County, native, is a graduate of Shenango High School. He and his wife of nearly 20 years, Holly, have three children.

In other business on Monday, board members:

■ Heard from Patrick Boylan, whose son will be entering kindergarten in the fall at Area Elementary. He was speaking on behalf of a group of parents who are concerned about class sizes, and he presented the board with a petition with 53 signatures asking them to consider hiring another teacher.

A kindergarten registration makeup day for 2014-15 is set for the first week of June, and the board should have better enrollment figures after that, Nogay said, adding those current numbers show 67 kindergarten students are signed up for Area Elementary, and Moraine Elementary, 66.

■ Got an update on the 2014-15 preliminary budget. There are staffing needs in the special education department - two positions at Moraine, one at the middle school and one at the high school need to be added, Nogay said.

She expects the costs of all but one can be offset by the shifting of other positions and retirements, and that one position will need to be worked into the budget.

The board is expected to approve the preliminary budget at its meeting next week, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the middle school library.

■ Said they'll vote Monday on a 10-cent increase in the price of school lunches for the 2014-15 school year in accordance with rules and regulations of the National School Lunch program.

Published May 14, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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