A vastly different-looking Lackawanna City School Board debuted Monday, as the 2013-14 version of the board and its new attorney and clerk met for the first time in a work session.
Several new faces took their seats around the district’s conference room table in the former McKinley School on South Shore Boulevard.
Sworn in last week were new board members Nicholas Sobaszek and Jennifer Grzybowski. In addition, the board opted to hire a different attorney and clerk.
Gone were former board members Ronald Miller and Lisa Friend, as well as longtime attorney Carl W. Morgan and clerk Annette Iafallo.
Morgan was replaced by Richard S. Juda Jr., who had served as the school district’s attorney from 2005 to 2009. He will get an annual retainer of $92,400, plus reimbursement of secretarial work at $800 per month. He will not receive health or life insurance.
“We just wanted to go in a different direction with the School Board attorney,” said Leonard Kowalski, who was elected president of the 2013-14 board. Robert Sireika was elected vice president.
Marisa Chini, a former high school guidance counselor, was named to succeed Iafallo, at an annual salary of $42,600.
Kowalski declined to comment on whether that had anything to do with the board’s decision to turn to Chini.
The recent changes followed the turnover of the top two administrative posts in the district earlier this year. Former Superintendent Nicholas D. Korach and the district’s longtime business administrator, Sameh Masry, both retired in March.
Lisa A. Almasi was hired to succeed Masry, and Anne G. Spadone received a five-year contract in May to replace Korach.
The board’s first regular voting meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Martin Road Elementary School 135 Martin Road.