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Hempfield school board secretary leaving post

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Hempfield Area school board secretary is calling it quits after 41 years on the job — and this time it is for good.

Linda Zundel, who started with the school district in 1972, retires Friday as the superintendent's confidential secretary. Zundel worked her last school board meeting on Monday.

Zundel, a Salem Township resident, had planned to end her career last year but, she said, she remained for a year on an emergency basis. Pamela Naggy will replace Zundel.

Zundel said she graduated from Hempfield Area High School after attending district schools since kindergarten. She originally began working in the school library, and then worked as the assistant board secretary and board secretary for 38 years.

Superintendent Andy Leopold commended Zundel for her commitment to the district and her job. Leopold joked that in her 40th year in the district, “she had to deal with another superintendent.”

Leopold succeeded former superintendent Terry Foriska in October 2011.

“This district, this community, owes her such a debt of gratitude,” Leopold said.

Longtime board member Diane Ciabbatoni said that Zundel is “just amazing.”

“There wasn't a question she could not answer,” Ciabbatoni said.

In other business, the board approved the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center's $6.49 million energy savings contract with Johnson Controls Inc. of Milwaukee, which will be used to update the center.

Hempfield Area is responsible for 19.5 percent of the total cost of the contract, equal to about $1.26 million.

The contract will be spread over 15 years, said Jude Abraham, business manager.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or