Norristown school board approves appointment of Tony Palladino as AD

Tony Palladino

NORRISTOWN — The Norristown Area school board ended a six-month search for an Athletic Director when they approved the appointment of Anthony Palladino to the district-wide position at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Palladino, the current Athletic Director of the Phoenixville School District, will receive $89,649 prorated to a date that is still to be determined.

Palladino said it feels good to become a part of the Norristown community.

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“It feels fantastic,” Palladino said. “I’m very excited to join the Eagles.”

Palladino plans to start interacting with the athletic staff and students as quickly as he can, once a start date is solidified.

“I want to come in and meet with the staff and student-athletes in the spring and see what we can do for the rest of the season and make sure they get everything they can get,” Palladino said.

Palladino also said filling all of the vacant coaching positions as soon as possible will be a vital step in getting the ball rolling for Norristown athletics.

Jeffrey Smith, the principal of Norristown Area High School, welcomed Palladino to the district at the board meeting, calling the appointment the end to a tough search process.

“I think we have an amazing person here with us to start a new chapter of Norristown athletics,” Smith said. “I just can’t wait for him to get here.”

The district began the search to fill the position after Chuck Knowles, the former athletic director, passed away in October.

The board approved the new elementary school attendance zones that were discussed during last week’s work session. The new attendance zones are a result of the opening of Musselman Early Learning Center, which is scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year after renovations on the building are expected to be completed.

The restructured map from the work session was again presented to the school board and presented during the meeting. The map outlined the sections of Norristown currently designated as Gotwals Elementary, Hancock Elementary and Cole Manor Elementary attendance zones that will be included in the new Musselman attendance zones.

The eastern section of the current Gotwals attendance section between Noble and Markley Street, a large section of the current Hancock attendance zone between Harding Boulevard and New Hope Street and the southern section of the current Cole Manor attendance section in the southeast corner of the school district will all be part of the Musselman attendance.

The district’s Superintendent Janet Samuels indicated board approval for the attendance zones is the first step in laying out a plan for staffing the new building and providing arrangements for student transportation. Samuels said during last week’s work session that, following approval, the administration would move forward with more detailed discussion involving faculty, staff, principals and administrators regarding the upcoming changes.

The board also approved the 2014-2015 school calendar and the audit firm Maillie, LLP to provide the district with annual local audit services for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The first student school day for 2014-2015 will be Aug. 2 and the last student day June 12. The last day for staff will be June 16. The full calendar can be found on the district’s website, www.nasd.k12.pa.us in the March 24 board meeting agenda found in the boarddocs section of the homepage.

All of the contracts with ePlus Technology, Inc. for the purchase of technological equipment to upgrade the network upgrades in various district buildings including Musselman and the contracts with CM3 Building Solutions for the installation of security doors in various district buildings were also approved.