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Wyoming Area hire’s qualifications questioned

EXETER – The Wyoming Area School Board appointed a new director of physical plant/supervisor of building and grounds amid some question about the new director’s qualifications.

The board appointed David Amico to the $45,000-a-year position by a vote of 8-1, with Estelle Campenni casting the dissenting vote. After the meeting, Campenni said she “didn’t think he (Amico) was the most qualified candidate,” but she declined to elaborate.

Exeter resident George Race want to know whether Amico was the same man who owned a hair salon. Board member John LaNunziata replied that it was the same man but noted that Amico has worked as a contractor and in the prison system, and was the hiring committee’s “recommended candidate.”

Attempts to reach Amico after the meeting were unsuccessful.

Very little information was made public about another personnel move that had the board terminating the employment of an unidentified employee as a result of a disciplinary case.

In a prepared motion that did not specify the employee’s gender or position, the board approved the termination as set forth in the employee’s due-process hearing and directed the superintendent to notify the individual of the termination, which is effective immediately.

When Race questioned whether the employee could appeal, solicitor Ray Hassey replied that the employee had already been provided due process. Hassey declined to comment further on the matter because it related to personnel. The vote to terminate the employee was unanimous and approved without comment from the board.

In other personnel matters, the board:

• Ratified the appointment of Debbie Andiario as payroll technician/human resources coordinator effective Jan. 2 at an annual rate of $34,000.

• Ratified Marilyn Bolus as long-term substitute.

• Appointed Rachel More as a part-time clerical aide at JFK Elementary.

• Appointed Traci McDermott to the teacher substitute list, Kenneth Bryden Jr. and George Maffei to the custodian substitute list and Debra Sanfilippo to the cafeteria substitute list.

• Approved a number of head coaching appointments, including Joe Pizano, track and field, $3,774; Drew Whyte, baseball, $3,774; Dean Carey, softball, $3,774; Roberto Sosa, girls’ soccer, $3,774; Brad Altavilla, boys’ volleyball, $1,728 and Don Brady, boys’ tennis, $1,275.

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