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Quaker Valley moves forward with superintendent search

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

Quaker Valley school board members will spend more than $12,400 to use two organizations to help with the search to find a new superintendent.

District leaders approved two contracts Tuesday night — one worth $11,700 with the Pennsylvania School Board Association and another worth $750 with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

“Hiring a superintendent is the most important function of any school board,” board President Sarah Heres said. “Quaker Valley has a history of excellent leadership and we plan to ensure that tradition continues.”

Superintendent Joseph Clapper announced in January his plans to step down in September from the post he's held since 2007.

Next month, board members will begin working with the Homestead-based Allegheny Intermediate Unit to gather information on what the district wants in a new superintendent.

“The Allegheny intermediate Unit will engage with a wide array of stakeholders from our schools and community to best understand the needs, concerns and opportunities that our next superintendent will need to address,” Heres said.

The Mechanicsburg-based Pennsylvania School Board Association will handle job posting and application process, Quaker Valley spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

With fiscal challenges and a future building project ahead, finding the right person to lead the district is important, board Vice President Rob Riker said.

“It is essential that we find the highest caliber individual to serve as Quaker Valley's fifth superintendent,” he said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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