Leechburg Area puts off hiring superintendent
By Braden Ashe
Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
The Leechburg Area School Board won't name a new superintendent until almost Thanksgiving.
The school board on Wednesday postponed the appointment until Nov. 20.
Board Solicitor Robert Cinpinski said the candidate, whom officials would not identify, was in Hershey last week for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association conference when the board submitted its offer.
Cinpinski said the conference prevented the candidate from sufficiently reviewing the contract by Wednesday's meeting,when the board planned to name the new district leader.
“It's a long and complex document,” he said. “You want to make sure you spend enough time on it, but negotiations have been going well. We're pretty confident things are going to work out with him.”
Whoever signs the proposed five-year contract will relieve interim Superintendent Frank Prazenica after 41⁄2 months of service. Prazenica took over in July for Jim Budzilek, who left to become superintendent of the Mars Area School District in Butler County.
Prazenica is being paid $400 per day while he holds the interim position.
The board also delayed its decision to name longtime board member David Matuscin's replacement after accepting his resignation Wednesday night. Career obligations forced Matuscin to step down after 13 years on the board.
“I loved serving on the board and I think we accomplished a lot of great things,” Matuscin said. “Unfortunately, my work schedule is terrible, and I feel like I'd be doing the district a disservice if I tried to stay on. It's time to step aside.”
Board officials on Oct. 9 said Matuscin's successor would be one of the applicants who sought to fill a vacancy left in August by former president Terry Knepshield. The seat was filled in September by Jeremy Smail who defeated Megan Hamm of Leechburg and Kathryn J. Vargo of West Leechburg.
However, Hamm is running as a write-in candidate for one of the four other seats up for election Nov. 5.
If she would win that election, she would receive a four-year term.
Matuscin's successor would serve until December 2015.
Up for re-election are board President Jean Stull and Smail. Smail is running as a write-in candidate.
Also on the ballot are challengers Vargo, Terri Smith and Chuck Pascal.
State law requires the Matuscin vacancy to be filled by Nov. 22.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Cool chemistry: Programs at Springdale library take inspiration from late science professor
- Just-acquired tract eyed as commercial site
- Tax law proves its worth by bringing in lost revenue
- 1 remains in hospital after knife fight in New Kensington apartment
- Instagram builds Oakmont barber’s rep for innovative cuts, ‘hair tattooing’
- Battle of Fort Hand 235th anniversary to open window into frontier life
- Winfield Road bridge replacement to begin in 2015
- Kiski Valley native in wheelchair persists to save life, forge bond
- Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers
- ‘Cross on the Hill’ a special sight for residents
- PennDOT wants Rock Airport in West Deer to remain open