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Zetty set to take over Gateway reins in December or January

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

Newly hired Gateway Superintendent Nina Zetty is slated to begin her tenure with the district no later than Jan. 2, or as soon as Dec. 1.

As of Tuesday, Zetty was awaiting word from Peters Township School District officials as to whether they'll release her by December.

The Gateway School board voted 9-0 last week in favor of hiring Zetty, under a four-year contract that includes a first-year base salary of about $150,000.

“I understand there's a stack of work here for me, so I'm ready,” Zetty said last week.

Zetty was assistant superintendent at Peters Township from 2006 through 2008. She was promoted to superintendent in 2008.

Peters is ranked 11th academically in the state, and all of its schools met state academic benchmarks this year. Gateway failed to meet standards as a district.

Under Zetty's leadership, the curriculum of at least six subject areas at the Peters Township schools were revamped this year, with a focus on incorporating more technology into the classroom, Peters Township school director Bill Merrell said.

“(Zetty) pushed for those changes,” Merrell said.

“She has a lot of ideas how education should be run.”

Gateway school director Steve O'Donnell said that after interviewing Zetty and contacting nearly 20 references, it was clear that she was the right choice.

“She came off as very, very bright, and that's what everyone (we contacted) said about her,” O'Donnell said. “She knows and understands education models, and she understands how to improve learning.”

Zetty is replacing Joseph A. Petrella, who resigned as Gateway superintendent in April to become superintendent of the Diamond Lake School District 76 in Mundelein, Ill.

Zetty has a doctorate from West Virginia University and bachelor's and master's degrees from California University of Pennsylvania.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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