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Band, choir director hired

Alissa Widman Neese • Jan 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Brian Panetta, who was in his fifth year of employment, was forced to resign from the Catholic school this past week after he told the school’s director he plans to pursue a gay marriage with his partner in 2015.

He taught band for grades 5-12 and choir for grades 7-12, and also assisted with production of the school’s musical.

It’s unclear if Miller has taken over some or all of Panetta’s responsibilities, as Sandusky Central Catholic School president Melody Curtis did not return a call or reply to an email from the Register seeking comment.

When contacted Wednesday, Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner said Miller told him he will now also be teaching in some capacity at Sandusky Central Catholic School.

“Joel and I spoke about SCCS (offering) to have him teach their band and choir class,” Gunner said in an email Wednesday. “He assured me that the schedule proposed by SCCS would not conflict with his half-time position currently at Perkins.”

“I indicated that as long as the additional job at SCCS did not interfere with his responsibilities at Perkins, he was free to pursue what he thought was best,” Gunner continued. “It was my impression that Mr. Miller would accept the offer made to him by SCCS and still continue his half-time role at Perkins without conflict.”

Miller is assistant band director at Perkins Schools and spends most of his time teaching classes at Furry Elementary School, as well as one class at Perkins High School, district treasurer Lisa Crescimano said in an email Wednesday. Perkins Schools first hired Miller in 2011.

This past year, Miller’s full-time position with Perkins Schools was scaled down to a part-time position as part of the district’s $2 million in cost-saving reductions.

In an interview with the Register on Wednesday, Panetta said he is aware Sandusky Central Catholic School has hired his replacement, but he does not have any intentions to pursue legal action to reclaim his job.

He is studying for a master’s degree at Bowling Green State University and will graduate in May. He then plans to pursue a job elsewhere, possibly at a private, non-Catholic school.

A public records request to Perkins Schools didn’t return any emails to or from Miller regarding Sandusky Central Catholic Schools or a new job. There are also no documents filed with Perkins Schools regarding the arrangement.

Miller has not replied to an email sent to his Perkins Schools account Wednesday seeking comment.

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