Butler Area hires former administrator as superintendent
Butler Area School Board on Monday chose a former administrator in the district as its new leader.
The board, in a 9-0 vote, approved the hiring of Dale Lumley to succeed Michael Strutt as superintendent. Strutt is retiring effective June 30.
“Congratulations to Dr. Lumley,” said board Vice President Carmen Bianco. “We look forward to servicing with him.”
Lumley will begin on July 1, but Strutt said he will be kept informed of district business, including the adoption of a school budget.
Lumley did not attend the meeting. He issued a statement that read, in part, “While the Butler School District, like many others across the state, faces great challenges, I have faith in the dedicated teachers and administrators to meet these challenges.”
The board was divided on his salary.
In a 6-3 vote, the board approved a five-year pact for Lumley, with an initial salary of $162,000. Strutt's annual salary is just over $153,000.
“Some of us are in disagreement with the salary amount,” board member Bill Halle said. Halle, James Keffalas and Neil Convery voted no. Bianco, Karen Callihan, John Conrad, David Korn, Don Pringle and Al Vavro approved the salary and other employment conditions. Convery said the district “has to have cost savings in the context of the community we serve.”
Lumley, 57, of Summit became South Butler School District superintendent in September 2010. His salary for the 2013-14 school year is $140,261.
He spent 25 years in the Butler Area School District as an English teacher, assistant principal and principal.
He was assistant superintendent for the Gateway School District in Monroeville before moving to South Butler.
Butler Area has about 7,500 students. It's facing upheaval in the next year or so, with enrollment declines and other sweeping changes driving the possibility of school closures.
School board members said the district wants a superintendent in place soon so the person has a say in replacing Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Cornish and Business Manager Cathy Rodgers, who are retiring June 30 along with Strutt. Strutt said Lumley will work with the district on those hires.
Bill Vidonic is a Trib Total Mediastaff writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Officials to limit tailgating before Jason Aldean concert at PNC Park
- Wolf says he’ll work with state legislature to deal with pension woes
- Pittsburgh mayor promotes 3 officers, 2 firefighters
- Strong demand drives East End apartment developers to expedite next project
- Green Tree company’s complaint ends with settlement of false claims lawsuit
- UPMC McKeesport president reiterates hospital will remain open
- Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session
- Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key
- Federal appeals court deals blow to Affordable Care Act
- Derry Township assault suspect arrested
- McCandless residents voice opposition to Wal-Mart plan