Central Greene superintendent hired to lead northeastern Pa. school district

August 21, 2017
Brian Uplinger

WAYNESBURG – Central Greene Superintendent Brian Uplinger, who was informed last month his contract would not be renewed when it expires in June, has been hired as superintendent of Hazleton Area School District in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Uplinger, who has served as superintendent at Central Greene for the last four years, was hired Thursday for the position by Hazleton Area School Board in a 6-3 vote, according to a story published in the Standard-Speaker of Hazleton.

The new position will place Uplinger at the head of one of the largest school districts in the state, according to the district’s website.

The Hazleton Area district covers the southern portion of Luzerne County as well as small portions of Carbon and Schuylkill counties. It has 10,900 students and 700 teachers in 13 buildings.

Central Greene, in comparison, has about 1,800 students in three buildings.

Uplinger, who according to the newspaper’s account, was offered a five-year contract and starting salary of $135,000 at Hazleton Area, could not be reached Monday for comment.

Board President Andrew Corfont said Uplinger notified the board about the offer in an email Thursday night.

The school board plans to meet with Uplinger later this week to discuss possibly granting him a release from his current contract, Corfont said. His five-year contract with the district runs through June.

The board was required to give Uplinger advance notice it did not intend to renew his contract when it expired in June. The board did that at its July regular meeting.

In light of that decision, Corfont said, he didn’t believe the board would object to releasing Uplinger from his contract early, though the matter would have to be discussed by the board.

At the special meeting that will be called for later this week, the board also could possibly discuss steps that will be taken to find Uplinger’s replacement, Corfont said.

Uplinger was hired by the board in June 2013 at a starting salary of $122,500 to replace Dr. Jerome Bartley upon Bartley’s retirement. Uplinger had come to the district from the Pine Grove Area School District in Schuylkill County, where he had served as superintendent since 2010.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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