Leechburg Area to replace board member, hire superintendent
By Braden Ashe
Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Leechburg Area School Board will accept board member David Matuscin's resignation on Oct. 23, the same day they intend to appoint his successor and a new superintendent, officials said on Wednesday.
Matuscin is resigning after 13 years on the board. He could not be reached for comment, but board solicitor Robert Cinpinski said career obligations have prevented Matuscin from attending several meetings in recent months.
“He's been really involved and has done so much for the school district,” Cinpinski said. “Recently, he's had so many other demands, he felt like it was time to step down.”
The school board won't advertise the opening, according to board member Neill Brady. Instead, it will appoint one of the candidates who sought to replace a vacancy left in September by former board President Terry Knepshield's departure.
That spot was filled on Sept. 11 by Jeremy Smail, an Apollo-Ridge teacher. He was chosen over Megan Hamm of Leechburg and former board member Kathy Vargo of West Leechburg.
The board will appoint Matuscin's successor, apparently Hamm or Vargo, at the top of Oct. 23's meeting before naming Leechburg Area School District's new superintendent.
Cinpinski said the board has whittled its superintendent candidates down to two. He would not identify them.
Interim Superintendent Frank Prazenica said the new superintendent will sign a five-year contract.
In other business
The board will vote on Oct. 23 to transfer $70,000 from its reserves for building improvements. The money will be transferred solely to comply with a legal requirement rather than any type of immediate project, said Mark Lukacs, the school district's business manager.
The district will make one such improvement on Friday when it shells out $5,000 to fix a leak in one of the high school kitchen's freezers.
What fills that freezer when it's fixed depends on the approval of a $10,000 grant application made to the Highmark Foundation.
The grant would better fund the district to make healthy food choices and promote physical activity, according to Prazenica. The district expects a decision by Nov. 1.
• Physical activity at Leechburg Area schools won't include girls or boys intramural volleyball for another couple of weeks. The board agreed on Wednesday to postpone hiring coaches.
• The board moved its Nov. 13 meeting to Nov. 20.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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