MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Education Monday night reluctantly approved personnel actions that included the retirement of Deputy Superintendent Frank Aliveto.
Aliveto declined to comment about his retirement, which is slated to take effect June 30, 2011.
After not immediately hearing a motion to approve the personnel actions, Board President William F. "Bill" Queen suggested the board could "pull that one name (Aliveto's) and discuss it individually ... beat him up a little bit."
After the meeting, Berkeley County Superintendent Manny P. Arvon recalled looking for "a top notch" school administrator after he was appointed to run the school district in 1997. Aliveto at that time was principal at Hedgesville High School.
Before the start of their professional relationship, Arvon said they became friends while attending then-Shepherd College together.
"In my opinion, Frank was the best," said Arvon, recalling Aliveto's reputation as an administrator at Hedgesville.
"Frank has an outstanding reputation and a person who has just tons of integrity," Arvon said.
As deputy superintendent, Aliveto has served as the school system's chief instructional leader and is in charge of the school district in Arvon's absence.
"Under Frank's leadership he has been able to provide a foundation of what we expect teaching look like in our classrooms," Arvon said.
Arvon said Aliveto's task was made difficult when the school district was experiencing substantial enrollment growth and battling to retain and hire new teachers to keep up with the influx of students.
Even with teacher turnover, Arvon said student achievement under Frank's direction continues to increase, citing improved college entrance test scores.
"He is a stabilizing figure," Arvon said. "When things get a little rough, Frank is very solid. He can answer the tough questions. He handles every situation well and his experience will be missed," Arvon said.