The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 24, 2014

School board hires Calla, Fitzgerald

SHARON — Sharon school board voted unanimously Monday to hire two familiar faces into key leadership positions – Michael Calla as superintendent and Michael Fitzgerald as high school principal, both effective July 1.

Calla, who has been acting superintendent for a year, was hired under a five-year contract at $117,000 per year, with his salary determined annually.

“Sharon is the best kept secret in the valley,” Calla said. “I look for us to do great things in the next five years.”

Calla, a longtime Sharon resident, just finished his 26th year with Sharon schools, his last position as the district’s curriculum director.

He served as acting superintendent in 2006 until the board hired John Sarandrea, who was released from his contract early when he took a position with New Castle School District.

Fitzgerald, a 1993 Sharon graduate, has worked for the district for five years.

The board voted to hire him as high school principal at a yearly salary of $93,000.

“I want to make sure they’re career-ready when they leave here,” Fitzgerald said of the students.

Fitzgerald served as assistant vice principal of the high school for four years before he stepped in as acting principal when Leonard Rich vacated the slot in November.

Fitzgerald previously taught for nine years in Mercer schools and three years for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City.

Other hires

Sharon City School Board Monday also hired:

• Christina Thomas, special education teacher, at $48,359 for 2014-15.

• Martin Barletto, computer technician, at $28,000 annually.

The board awarded $1,000 merit pay to Garrett Dout and Martin Barletto, who took over the Information Technology program toward the end of the school year.

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