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Quaker Valley moves forward with superintendent search

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek stands for a photo inside Quaker Valley Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
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Quaker Valley Superintendent Heidi Ondek stands for a photo inside Quaker Valley Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Quaker Valley's search for a new superintendent will involve help from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU).

Board members recently approved a $3,000 contract with the AIU's Human Resource Division to lead the search to replace the district's current leader Heidi Ondek .

“The board feels strongly this is the right direction after reviewing a number of options for services,” board President Sarah Heres said in a statement.

The AIU process will involve a survey and the use of focus groups that will allow “all stakeholders an opportunity to share their input,” Heres said in the statement.

When former leader Joseph Clapper announced his resignation in 2014, board members at the time approved more than $12,400 in two contracts for a superintendent search — one worth $11,700 with the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) and another worth $750 with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

District spokeswoman Angela Conigliaro said the PSBA process has changed since the district's last search.

Ondek, who became superintendent in July 2014 , announced her resignation last month.

She will become the executive director and superintendent of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. The Pittsburgh-based nonprofit serves about 180 students from across the region with visual impairment, blindness and other challenges.

Her departure comes as Quaker Valley leaders seek to build a new multimillion dollar high school to replace the nearly century old building in Leetsdale.

Superintendent applications are due March 23, but the job post states that the position will remain open “until a successful candidate is hired.” District leaders plan to hire a new leader by May 8.

“We want to start this search immediately to ensure a smooth transition of leadership,” board member and personnel committee Chair Daniela Helkowski said in a statement. “The board is committed to finding a candidate who can continue to serve this community and its shared vision.”

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com and via Twitter at @bc_trib.

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