April 16, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 89

Students, parents hope board keeps two staff members despite budget

HURLEY — The Hurley School Board heard pleas from students and parents Monday to keep two staff members employed next school year despite district budget concerns.

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MIKE FONTECCHIO takes the oath to become a new school board member Monday.

Chris Tweiten and Nicole Giancola-Routheaux may have their jobs terminated before the 2013-’14 school year, according to school officials.

“Mr. Tweiten is more than just the (cross country) coach or teacher,” high school student Athena Butkiewicz said. “He is an extraordinary person who is always there when students need him. He relates to students more than many other teachers in the school.”

Parent John Sokol spoke...