Clarion Area fortifies its wrestling program

By Ryan S. Pugh

CLARION NEWS Sports Editor

CLARION

It has been a tumultuous time for the Clarion Area wrestling program the past couple months but the program seems to have found some stability.

At the Clarion Area School Board meeting Nov. 10, Clarion hired a total of four new coaches for its varsity and junior high wrestling programs while also agreeing to enter into a wrestling cooperative agreement with the Union School District.

The board unanimously approved the following wrestling program hires; Lee Weber as the varsity head coach at $5,288, Rob Sintobin as the varsity assistant coach at $4,433, Braun Gourley as junior high wrestling coach $2,412 and John Stiglitz as assistant junior high wrestling coach at $2,022.

During the school board work session Nov. 4, there was a discussion of low numbers affecting the wrestling program heading into the 2020-21 season. There was a feeling wrestlers were reluctant to sign up because the program did not have a head coach in place. Former Clarion head coach Brian Luton resigned in September.

The board also unanimously approved entering into a wrestling cooperative agreement with Union. Clarion Area is also in wrestling cooperatives with Clarion-Limestone, Keystone and North Clarion.

In other business, the board:

4Approved the hiring of Jeffrey Kline as a van driver and Daniel Smith as a bus driver for Paul Brown Busing pending receipt of all clearances and paperwork.

4Approved the final reading of policy 204 regarding attendance.

4Approved the final reading of policy 006.1 regarding attendance at meetings via electronic communications.

4Approved the hiring of Nicole Allio as a long-term substitute nurse at $15 per hour.

4Approved Matt Best as an assistant softball coach Step I at a salary of $2,120.

4Approved nurse substitutes Nicole Allio and Carrie Griebel.

4Accepted the resignation of Matthew Watterson as assistant wrestling coach.

4Approved Ryan Radaker as a boys' basketball volunteer.

4Approved the hiring of a part-time secretary for 180 days for 5.75 hours per day.

4Approved compacting the high school schedule by eliminating the activity period at the end of the day to allow teachers to work on their online teaching materials.

4Granted Clarion Area School District legal Counsel Christy Logue the ability to settle the tax appeal on map No. 05-050-318-000 for a market value between $75,000 and $90,000.

4Approved the hiring of Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett Labor Counsel Robert Zaruta for salary negotiation purposes.

4Approved Assistant Cross Country Coach Rosary Pennington as a step six at a salary of $2,836.