Few de­tails pro­vided on new su­per­in­ten­dent search

Board aims to have new leader in place by start of new school year

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

COLEBROOKDALE » De­spite the sud­den with­drawal of the board’s cho­sen fi­nal­ist can­di­date to be the new su­per­in­ten­dent last month, the Boy­er­town Area School Board is bent on hav­ing a new district leader in place by the start of the new school year.

That was the mes­sage school board Pres­i­dent Donna Usav­age of­fered dur­ing May 8’s board meet­ing.

Since April 20 when Keith Yarger, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Ju­ni­ata County School District, pulled his name from con­sid­er­a­tion, the board has met at least four times in closed-door ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion to dis­cuss the su­per­in­ten­dent search, Usav­age an­nounced May 8.

“We’ve gone back to the draw­ing board in our search for new su­per­in­ten­dent, with an ag­gres­sive time­line and goal of hir­ing new su­per by start of the school year,” Usav­age said.

“We’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing within our power to get that done,” she said.

Miss­ing was any ex­pla­na­tion for how that will hap­pen.

Usav­age pre­vi­ously said that 25 peo­ple ap­plied for the su­per­in­ten­dent’s po­si­tion and the board ini­tially in­ter­viewed six can­di­dates. That was nar­rowed to three and Yarger was iden­ti­fied as “the lead can­di­date,” she said.

Yarger has been su­per­in­ten­dent in Ju­ni­ata since 2014 and prior to that served as su­per­in­ten­dent of the South­ern Tioga School District from 2011 to 2014.

Whether the board will go back to the other two can­di­dates the board con­sid­ered as fi­nal­ists, or be­gin a new search, re­mains un­known.

A pre­vi­ous at­tempt to get an an­swer to that ques­tion from Usav­age was met with an email re­sponse that read sim­ply “the Board is de­ter­min­ing our path for­ward now and we will share any in­for­ma­tion we have at the Board meet­ing next week.”

The need to find a new su­per­in­ten­dent be­comes more sig­nif­i­cant when viewed in the light of the fact that the cur­rent in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent David Krem, leaves at the end of June, leav­ing the district with­out an ad­min­is­tra­tive leader.

Krem, who re­tired in 2012 from the Wy­omiss­ing School District, came out of re­tire­ment to serve as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent in Boy­er­town while the board searched for a new su­per­in­ten­dent. Krem is be­ing paid $800 a day by the Boy­er­town district.

Yarger was sched­uled to re­place Richard Fai­d­ley who was ap­pointed last July to head the Wilson School District in west­ern Berks County.

Fai­d­ley was ap­pointed Boy­er­town’s su­per­in­ten­dent in July 2013. His con­tract at that time took ef­fect be­gin­ning Au­gust 2013 and end­ing on July 31, 2017.

In March 2016, the Boy­er­town School Board ap­proved a new con­tract from Fai­d­ley, ex­tend­ing his term to June 2020. His salary when he left was $185,661.

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