Brentwood superintendent to be hired later this month
The next leader of the Brentwood Borough School District will face many challenges, and board members say they want to ensure the person they select is the right fit.
“We're looking for Frankenstein,” school board President Robert Kircher said. “We're looking for a strong leader. There's some tough decisions that they're going to face with the budget, staffing, curriculum.... They'll have a lot of work to do in the future.”
Board members said this week that they're narrowing the search for a new superintendent and plan to hire a person to replace eight-year retiring Superintendent Ronald Dufalla by the end of May.
Dufalla, of McKeesport, has worked as an educator in Brentwood for 37 years. His last day is June 30.
“We always have focused on having someone in place for a smooth transition,” Kircher said. “Dr. Dufalla has left the new superintendent in a great position.”
Board members began a search for a new superintendent in November when Dufalla announced his retirement.
They hired the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to conduct the search and handle advertisement, background checks and schedule interviews, Kircher said.
“They've been instrumental every step of the way,” Kircher said.
There were about 30 applicants for the job. District leaders then narrowed the field down to 14, then eight, Kircher said. They are working from there to find the final candidate, by conducting face-to-face interviews, he said.
“We're hoping to have something in the near future, hopefully by the end of the month,” Kircher said. “We're narrowing it down.”
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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