• West Mifflin superintendent out of job after board votes on his future

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    WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - The West Mifflin School District is searching for a new superintendent.

    Daniel Castagna was removed from his position Wednesday night after more than a year of suspensions and hearings.

    He told Channel 11 he's obviously disappointed and felt he was treated unfairly by the board.

    He was not at the meeting, where board members voted 6-3 to terminate him.

    "I’m disappointed the decision, after this 14 months, that the same six board members haven’t been able to see the amount of witnesses that came forward on my behalf and the testimony we were able to provide in public," Castagna said.

    His termination comes after months of hearings at which the board laid out a long list of allegations against him -- including intimidating board members, lying about his DUI history and asking employees to complete private work on school district time.


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    At one point, he was even accused of bringing motorcycle gang members to a board meeting to intimidate members. That was dismissed.

    "There was no evidence to support this. This was nothing more than speculation and assumption," said Colleen Johnston, his attorney. 

    At Wednesday night's meeting, community members had the chance to speak out.

    Castagna told Channel 11 he's looking for a new job in education.


     

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