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Frazier principal stepping down

| Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 5:09 p.m.
Christopher Sefcheck, Thomas Jefferson High School's new principal

Chris Sefcheck, high school principal in the Frazier School District, is stepping down from his duties to tackle a new challenge in the West Jefferson Hills School District.

Sefcheck, a Uniontown native, said he is very excited about the opportunity because West Jefferson Hills is ranked in the top 15 school districts in the region and the top 25 in Pennsylvania.

“I want to help get that school district to No. 1 in the state,” said Sefcheck, whose resignation took effect July 25.

He assumed his duties as high school principal at Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, which is located five minutes from his South Park home, on July 28.

Sefcheck, a 1987 graduate of Laurel Highlands Senior High School, said he wasn't looking for a job and never applied for the position. To his surprise, he was contacted by Dr. Otto Graf, a consultant with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Leadership Academy, who asked him if he was interested in applying for the job.

“Apparently, the position had been advertised, and the school district wasn't happy with the candidates they had interviewed,” he said. “I sent them my resume and they did a background check. They interviewed me and I was hired within a week.”

Sefcheck spent his first week in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he served on the PDE Assessment Committee.

“It is really an honor to serve on this committee because very few educators were selected,” he said. “We will be working to make improvements in the assessment process. I'm very excited to have an opportunity to work on this statewide project.”

Although he is excited about his new position, Sefcheck said he will miss the administrators, faculty, students and parents he has worked with in the Frazier School District during the past three years.

“Frazier is a great school district. We have some great teachers and students,” he said. “We've solved a significant number of discipline problems at Frazier, and the students are very eager to learn. We also have worked diligently to improve the curriculum and test scores in the school district.”

After graduating from Laurel Highlands, Sefcheck received his bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania and earned his master's degree at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Sefcheck taught in Nevada before returning to Fayette County. He worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Hatfield Elementary School and a high school biology teacher at Laurel Highlands High School. He left Laurel Highlands to accept the principal's position in the Frazier School District.

“I just want to thank the Frazier School District for giving me the opportunity to work as high school principal,” he said. “It has been a great experience.”

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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