Central Greene hires different interim superintendent

Central Greene School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Helen McCracken of Waynesburg as the district’s interim superintendent.

Helen McCracken

WAYNESBURG – Central Greene School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Helen McCracken, the former superintendent of the Canon-McMillan School District, as the district’s interim superintendent.

Though the board last week had approved a motion to hire Craig Baily for the interim post, Baily later decided not to accept the position, board solicitor Kirk King said. Baily, former superintendent at Carmichaels Area and interim superintendent at Jefferson-Morgan, said Wednesday that he could not accept the position at Central Greene because of a family medical emergency that will require his time and would limit his ability to serve the district.

After learning Baily could not accept the post, King said, someone suggested contacting McCracken, a Waynesburg resident whom they knew was available. McCracken will be paid $340 a day.

McCracken said Wednesday she was excited about working in the district even on an interim basis.

She said she will first have to learn more about the district before she might consider any improvements or changes.

“I don’t envision myself as just a warm body in that seat,” McCracken said she had told the board in an interview for the position.

McCracken said she hopes to start in the district Monday and, knowing what is demanded of a superintendent, expects to work full time.

“I just want to be as useful as possible during this period of time,” she said.

McCracken retired as superintendent of Canon-McMillan in 2012. During her time in the district, she also was an assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania in its Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership.

McCracken later served as the director of graduate programs in education for Waynesburg University. McCracken has a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degrees from both Robert Morris University and California University of Pennsylvania.

In a related matter, the board failed to approve a motion on Tuesday’s agenda to enter a contract with Intermediate Unit 1 to assist in finding a replacement for former superintendent Brian Uplinger, who accepted a position in another district and began his duties in the new district this week.

The board plans to conduct its own superintendent’s search and is now preparing to advertise the position, King said.