Penn Hills Board promotes acting superintendent to superintendent
The Penn Hills School Board promoted its acting superintendent to the top spot in the district Monday night.
Directors voted 7-0 to give Nancy Hines, 50, of Penn Hills the superintendent's position at an annual salary of $140,000 plus benefits. Hines has been the district's assistant superintendent.
Board member Jennifer Burgess-Johnson was absent.
“I'm very pleased and honored. I know we have a monumental task ahead of us,” Hines said.
The district finished the 2013-14 school year with an $8.9 million deficit, and officials anticipate a similar shortfall for the 2014-15 school year. Administrators accepted a pay freeze for next year at the board's request.
The school board seeks to borrow up to $18 million to pay for operational expenses, and officials have said annual increases in the property-tax rate should be expected.
The board adopted an $87.8 million budget Monday with a 0.65-mill property tax increase.
Former board member Carolyn Faggioli asked why a wider search for a superintendent wasn't conducted.
“We don't need a search. We have a great candidate sitting right in front of us,” board member Robert Hudak said.
Steve Robinson, Pennsylvania School Boards Association spokesman, said districts are not legally required to post open superintendent positions. The board established the assistant superintendent's position in May 2014 and hired Hines for the spot in June, paying her a $125,000 annual salary.
Superintendent Thomas Washington resigned Jan. 26, and Hines moved into the role of acting superintendent Feb. 1.
Washington's annual salary was $161,000.
The board has since eliminated the position of assistant superintendent and three other administrative and clerical positions for 2015-16.
Hines' three-year contract specifies that she will receive no salary increases.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.