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Clairton school board accepts superintendent's resignation, names successor

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 1:16 a.m.

Wayde Killmeyer has resigned as Clairton Schools superintendent to become executive director of the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.

The school board approved Killmeyer's resignation, effective Sept. 12, by a 7-0 vote at Wednesday's meeting. Directors Sue Wessell and Roger Tachoir were absent.

Killmeyer, who accepted his new position a month ago, said the chance to lead an intermediate unit that serves 27 school districts in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties is one he could not allow to pass.

“It's an opportunity to make changes for a larger group of students, and it's a bigger responsibility,” he said. “I'm sorry to go, but I couldn't pass up this better opportunity.”

Killmeyer said he plans to remain a Clairton resident, despite his commute north.

“I love this community,” he said. “I made it my home. I bought a house here, which I'm not going to sell. I hope to be a resident of Clairton for a long, long time.”

Killmeyer has been superintendent since June 2011 when he succeeded Lucille Abellonio, who capped a 40-year career in education with a three-year stint at Clairton.

Killmeyer's duties will be assumed by curriculum director Ginny Hunt, who was appointed acting superintendent.

School board president Rich Livingston thanked Killmeyer for his years of service and congratulated Hunt on her new responsibilities.

“I'll be continuing the work of helping to raise student achievement in Clairton City School District,” Hunt said. “I'm excited to be in Clairton. The community, the teachers — everybody works really hard.”

The 2013-14 school year is Hunt's second in the district. She came to Clairton with more than 33 years in education, most of them as an administrator in a large urban school district in El Paso, Texas, along the Mexico border.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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