Angry parents confront West Mifflin School Board over 2 scandals

Angry parents confront West Mifflin School Board over 2 scandals

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — It was a packed house at Thursday night's West Mifflin School Board meeting.

Parents were outraged over a coach accused of inappropriate behavior and the superintendent charged with DUI, a charge that came to light just hours after he spoke to Channel 11 about the allegations of misconduct against an assistant coach.

At the time, Daniel Castagna said that person needed to resign.

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Although he was present at Thursday night's meeting, he never spoke on either topic.

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Channel 11 tried to get answers at the meeting, but the solicitor, along with district officials, said both were personnel matters. It was standing room only.

Castagna had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit when he was pulled over last week.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Castagna with DUI last Friday.

According to the criminal complaint Channel 11 obtained, troopers say Castagna was speeding --driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone -- weaving and driving erratically at 3 a.m. Friday on the Parkway West near the Center Township exit.

Police said they followed Castagna's car to Third Street before he stopped.

They said he smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests and that when tested, his blood alcohol level was .15.

When contacted earlier Thursday about the charges, Castagna told Channel 11, "Since I have not received any paperwork or charges, I cannot comment until I do."

District officials told Channel 11 they are taking the allegations against the superintendent seriously.

The district solicitor said earlier Thursday, "However, the law requires Dr. Castagna be provided due process. Currently there are no convictions relating to any offense. The district will continue to closely monitor the situation as it proceeds to the court system."

The board voted and approved the resignation of an employee in athletics listed as Employee Number 2051, but gave no information on who that person is or what they did.

District officials would not comment on what will happen next with Castagna.