Charleroi hires interim superintendent

January 3, 2014

Longtime educator and Charleroi native Reid K. Smith will be returning to Charleroi Area School District Monday to serve as interim superintendent. Charleroi’s school board held a special meeting Thursday and voted to hire Smith to fill the vacancy left by Brad Ferko, whose contract was not renewed by the board.

Smith, 75, previously worked within the district as an English teacher, guidance counselor, high school principal, assistant superintendent and ultimately as interim superintendent for several months about a decade ago. He also served as superintendent at Bentworth School District.

The decision to temporarily come out of retirement was an easy one for Smith, a 1956 Charleroi alumnus whose children also were raised in the district. Smith said he likes “the energy” of the district and looks forward to contributing to its success.

“I know it to be a quality school district, and anything I can offer back to the school district, it makes me feel good,” he said. “And so I just decided if they wanted me to help them get through this period, I would be glad to do that.”

Smith will be paid a daily rate of $300 until a new superintendent is hired. He said the board will be working with Intermediate Unit 1 in Coal Center to look for a permanent superintendent.

The board voted 7-2 in October to replace Brad Ferko after his contract expired. Ferko later accepted a superintendent position at the Sharpsville Area School District in Mercer County.

“It’s been a great 10 years,” Ferko said in October, adding that he loved his time at Charleroi.

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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