Central Greene to begin superintendent search

December 11, 2012

WAYNESBURG – Central Greene School Board will begin its search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Jerome Bartley, who will retire at the end of this month.

The board plans to meet with representatives of both the Intermediate Unit and Pennsylvania School Boards Association to discuss what assistance they can offer in the superintendent’s search.

Deborah Crouse, district business manager, told the board Tuesday she will arrange it so representatives of each organization can meet with the board, one at the board’s January committee meeting and the other at the board’s January regular meeting.

Bartley, who has been superintendent for the last 10 years, submitted a letter of retirement last month. He cited medical necessity and family obligations as his reasons for retiring. His retirement is effective Jan. 1.

The board at its reorganization meeting last week appointed Matthew Blair acting superintendent to serve until Bartley’s replacement is found.

Blair, the district’s technology coordinator, was placed in charge of the district’s day-to-day operations until Jan. 1, when he will assume the position of acting superintendent.

In other business, the board took action on several personnel matters. Only one, however, was not approved unanimously, and that involved hiring Rachel Corfont as a special education and English as a second language teacher.

Corfont is a daughter of board member Andrew Corfont, who abstained on the vote. Voting against the hiring were board President Eleanor Chapman and Mike Ames.

Ames earlier had presented a motion asking the hiring be tabled until next month, saying he wanted more time to study the information presented to the board Tuesday night during an executive session.

The board created the position in September. Before that time, the district had had a full-time English as a Second Language teacher.

The board granted maternity and family medical leaves to high school teacher Alicia Plisko, beginning March 28, and elementary teacher Melanie Switalski, beginning March 1.

It approved a sabbatical for high school teacher Joyce Winters from Jan. 17 through May 31.

The board voted to begin realigning district curriculum to meet requirements of the new Keystone Exams by changing the ecology class from an eleventh-grade class to a ninth-grade class beginning next year.

Students in ninth and tenth grades next year will have ecology integrated into their science curriculum. Credits they would receive associated with the ecology class will be waived.

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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