Interim Quaker Valley Middle School principal named

Bobby Cherry
| Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

There will be one less Quaker Valley administration position left vacant when classes begin on Monday.

Quaker Valley leaders this week named John Bornyas as interim middle school principal, district spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

Bornyas — who starts Monday — previously has worked at Upper St. Clair, Moon Area and Fox Chapel.

“He will provide excellent leadership for our students and faculty while we continue our search for the right administrator to lead our middle school for the long term,” Superintendent Heidi Ondek said.

Bornyas replaces Sean Aiken, who left Quaker Valley earlier this month to become an assistant superintendent at West Allegheny.

Bornyas will earn $450 per day working 3 or 4 days per week, Vojtko said.

The search to name a permanent middle school principal is under way.

Ondek said the district had no timetable for when that position could be filled.

“We've often had interims in place for lengthy periods of time until we get the right principal,” she said.

Leaders are searching for an assistant superintendent, who could be named next month, Ondek said. The role became vacant when Ondek was promoted to superintendent.

“The highest priority was really getting an assistant superintendent identified,” Ondek said.

But district leaders might not replace Jillian Bichsel, who was director of academic services before being named earlier this summer as director of professional development and curriculum leader for writing and assessment at Chartiers Valley.

“Dr. Bichsel's position we're not quite sure what we're doing about,” Ondek said.

“The assistant superintendent over the years has often had curricular responsibility.

“For the time being, those responsibilities will be carried by the assistant superintendent, who will oversee some of the building principals and others who will have curricular responsibilities.”

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or

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