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Franklin Regional seeks assistant superintendent

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The search has begun for what might be the final member of Franklin Regional's new administrative team.

The district is seeking an assistant superintendent who will be in charge of curriculum, instructional services and public relations. The move comes three weeks after Shelley Shaneyfelt, director of instructional services and public relations, announced her plans to retire June 30.

“Shelley has been the backbone of what we do here,” Superintendent Emery D'Arcangelo said. “It will be a great loss to our district.”

The district has replaced several top level administrators in the past year because of retirements or resignations. Incoming Superintendent Jamie Piraino is slated to take over this month for D'Arcangelo, who is retiring.

The position would not be an addition to the administration, D'Arcangelo said. Instead, it is an amalgamation of Shaneyfelt's position and the former assistant-superintendent-of-human-resources position. The latter was vacated when Charles Koren left the district to become superintendent at Homer Center School District last spring. Instead of replacing Koren with an assistant superintendent, the district hired a director of human resources.

Piraino will work with the school board to select a candidate. Applications for the position are due May 20, and the new assistant superintendent would start on July 1.

Based on the applicant's background and experience, the assistant superintendent would receive a contract for between three and five years, D'Arcangelo said. Salary and benefits will be based on the administrator's experience and will be comparable to the director of instructional service and public relations position.

“We would like the candidate to have more credentials, more education and more responsibilities,” D'Arcangelo said.

In recent years, the director of instructional service and public relations position has paid more than $115,000 annually. Shaneyfelt will retire with a $123,000 salary and more than 30 years of experience. Under its contract with administrators, whoever fills the position is eligible for a $1,100 contribution to a private retirement plan.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or




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