Haine Middle School to have new principal

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Seneca Valley School Board has hired an educator from the Montour School District to take over as principal of Haine Middle School.

Daniel DiDesiderio, principal at J.W. Burkett Elementary School, said he hopes to bring strategies with him that worked at J.W. Burkett. Officials at Burkett worked on staff development that helped improve standardized test scores, he said.

“We raised PSSA scores very significantly at Montour,” he said. “I hope to infuse some of the ideas that have been successful here into that middle school setting. Seneca Valley, and especially Haine Middle School, is the perfect canvas. You have such great community support and resources. You can go into it and make it the very best.”

The board hired DiDesidero at its Oct. 7 meeting, Seneca spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said in a statement. He replaces Steven Smith, who took a principal's position with the Pine-Richland School District.

DiDesiderio said it will be hard to walk away from Burkett, but he is excited to take advantage of all that Seneca Valley has to offer.

“Seneca Valley has a great reputation for being innovative and progressive,” DiDesiderio said. “It had a great appeal, there's a highly functioning team there.”

DiDesiderio earned a bachelor of arts degree in music education, a master's in school administration and obtained his superintendent's letter of eligibility from Westminster College, Andreassi said. He hopes to complete his doctor of education degree in educational leadership and management from Capella University in May 2014.

There's no word yet on an official start date, but DiDesiderio said he probably will start at Haine some time in the next few weeks.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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