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United gains new HS principal

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 9:10 p.m.

United School Board hired a new high school principal at a special Monday meeting.

Michael Worthington, who recently became the acting principal at Everett Area School District in Bedford County, will receive a prorated salary of $78,000 when he begins his new duties at United. His first day on the job will depend upon his release by his current employer.

Before assuming the principal post at Everett this year, Worthington spent a decade teaching social studies and technology courses to secondary students at United's next-door neighbor, Ligonier Valley School District. He also served as a head softball coach at Ligonier Valley and was president of its teachers' union.

Worthington previously worked as a technology education teacher during the 2001-02 school year at General McLane School District in Edinboro. He obtained a bachelor's degree in technology education in May 2001 from California University of Pennsylvania and later earned a master's degree and principal certification from Gannon University in Erie.

Worthington will permanently fill a vacancy left by the August transfer of former United High School Principal Lewis Kindja, at his request, to the corresponding principal position at United Elementary School.

Since then, Patricia Berezansky, United's director of education, has been filling in as acting high school principal and recently retired administrator Dan  Henning returned in the role of assistant high school principal.

In other action, the board agreed to hold another special meeting 7 p.m. Dec. 4, for general and reorganization purposes. This month's regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library.

Also, the school board approved entering into an agreement with ARIN Intermediate Unit 28, which will provide special education supervisory services for the district.

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