WAYNESBURG – The Central Greene School Board has hired Craig Baily as interim superintendent while officials search for someone to permanently replace Brian Uplinger.
The board hired the retired Carmichaels superintendent during its Tuesday night meeting contingent upon hourly rate negotiations between him and district solicitor Kirk King.
King said the board has discussed “parameters” as to the hourly rate and would need to vote to approve a final rate once negotiations have concluded, which most likely will happen before next Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Baily worked in the Carmichaels Area School District for 34 years before retiring as superintendent. In 2015, he was hired by Jefferson-Morgan as a substitute superintendent while Donna Furnier, the school district’s superintendent who died in May, underwent cancer treatment. Baily left that position at the end of June.
“I had great experiences at both Carmichaels and Jefferson-Morgan and I expect nothing less at Central Greene,” Baily said Wednesday. “Every school district has their own unique situation and you deal with it as it comes, but the students are the reason we’re in business. To educate – that’s the goal.”
Baily begins his role Thursday at Central Greene.
“They’ve got a good staff at Central Greene,” he said. “My plan is to go into this position with an open mind as to what needs to be done in the district for the time that I’m there.”
Central Greene started the search for a new superintendent after the board accepted Uplinger’s resignation Aug. 24. Uplinger, who has worked for the district four years, was informed by the board in July that his contract would not be renewed when it expired next school year.
On Aug. 17, Uplinger was hired as superintendent of Hazleton Area School District in northeastern Pennsylvania. His last day at Central Greene is Friday.
Central Greene’s board President Andrew Corfont said the board knew that Baily had helped Jefferson-Morgan and decided to reach out to him to see if he’d be interested in the interim position. The board approved Baily’s hire with a 6-2 vote Tuesday night.
“We were very excited to talk to him and are looking forward to working with him during the interim period,” Corfont said Wednesday.
King said that he expects to finalize negotiations with Baily by the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night, when the contract is expected to be approved by the board..