Shaneyfelt to retire at end of school year at Franklin Regional
The new era of administration at Franklin Regional will have one less familiar face next year.
Shelley Shaneyfelt, 62, of Plum, director of instructional Services and public relations for the district, will retire June 30 after more than 40 years with the district.
“It's the end of an era,” board member Roberta Cook said. “She's going to be a hard, hard one to replace. It's a real loss to the district.”
Shaneyfelt's retirement is the latest — and, officials say, hopefully the last — in a slew of notices dating back to last spring.
In the past year, five top-level administrators, including Shaneyfelt, have resigned or retired: technology director Frank Muto, director of counseling services Allan Mikach, assistant superintendent Charles Koren and superintendent Emery D'Arcangelo.
Koren left the district to take the helm at Homer-Center School District; the other four administrators left for retirement.
Additionally, the district lost two principals in that time — elementary principal Judy Morrison retired and middle school assistant principal Bob Duffy died last February.
New Superintendent Jamie Piraino will start in the position next month. But not all positions have been replaced — Mikach's duties were reassigned to other staff members and officials chose to hire a human resources director in lieu of an assistant superintendent.
Shaneyfelt's influence on the district isn't limited to being an administrator. She first came to the district as a student teacher in 1971, working with Fred Hixon.
She became an elementary health and physical education teacher in 1972 and was the varsity girls' swim coach.
She worked as a substitute teacher in the district in the 1980s and early 90s before returning to teach health and physical education. She served in administration at the middle school as both an assistant principal and principal before D'Arcangelo named her director of instructional services and public relations after the death of Joe Leftwich.
D'Arcangelo said that was one of the best decisions he has made at Franklin Regional.
“Shelley Shaneyfelt is an outstanding school administrator and person and will be missed at Franklin Regional,” D'Arcangelo said.
“She has worked with me over the years on nearly every initiative and decision that we have made and has the ‘students' at the center of every decision. Her level of detail is impeccable. She has been an honest, trustworthy and loyal colleague.”
D'Arcangelo said finding someone to match Shaneyfelt's knowledge and quality of work will be a challenge. Shaneyfelt works behind-the-scenes on curriculum development and is part of the district's curriculum review team.
Cook agreed that it will be tough to match Shaneyfelt's skill sets.
“Not only is it going to be hard to replace her from the aspect of her knowledge base of the district and her knowledge of curriculum and state regulations, but also she always filled in during a crisis in the central (administration) office,” Cook said.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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