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Outgoing Mars Area superintendent earns leadership recognition

| Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 8:33 p.m.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Mars Superintendent Bill Pettigrew, seen here Wednesday, September 12, 2013, recently received the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Award for Leadership in Public Education.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Mars Area Superintendent Bill Pettigrew plans to retire Dec. 1.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Mars Superintendent Bill Pettigrew, seen here Wednesday, September 12, 2013, recently received the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Award for Leadership in Public Education.

The retiring superintendent of the Mars Area School District will receive a top award from the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

The group will give William Pettigrew the Leadership in Public Education award, which the association says “demonstrates a commitment to school administration as a profession, to public education and to colleagues.”

“I am greatly honored that the association would recognize me,” Pettigrew, 64, said. “There are a lot of fine superintendents out there.”

Pettigrew will retire in December, having served in the post since 1987. He has nearly 44 years of experience in education, also serving as superintendent and assistant superintendent in the Penncrest School District, elementary school principal in Shippensburg Area School District and Tussey Mountain School District, and as an elementary teacher in Hempfield Area School District.

“Dr. Pettigrew is a well-respected and outstanding leader in education in Pennsylvania, said Frank Galicki, superintendent of the Dallas School District and past association president, who nominated Pettigrew for the award. “He respects other opinions and always speaks directly to the issue at hand.”

Pettigrew will receive the award Oct. 17 at the Pennsylvania School Board Association's school leadership conference in Hershey.

As part of the award, Pettigrew will select a Mars high school student to receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Pettigrew said he'll consult with guidance counselors to select a winner.

Earlier, Pettigrew was named 2013 Pennsylvania Rural Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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