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Persistence pays off for Chartiers Valley

| Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sometimes, a meeting over a cup of coffee can seal the deal.

Chartiers Valley School Board President Beth McIntyre proved that when she snagged Brian White to be the district's next superintendent.

White at first had decided to stay at Beaver after being offered the job at Chartiers Valley late last month. He changed his mind, however, at the urging of what he called "a very persistent school board" and a face-to-face meeting with McIntyre one day before he was hired.

He was introduced earlier this month at a workshop meeting as the district's next superintendent. He replaces Anthony Skender, who retired in April.

The vote by the board was 7-0; Bridget Kelly and Jeff Choura were absent.

White, 36, was given a five-year contract with an annual salary of $135,000. He starts Aug. 1; interim superintendent Bernard Sulkowski will leave that same day.

White spoke to the board and an audience of about 30 people after his introduction.

"This is an excellent leadership opportunity, and I believe Chartiers Valley has a lot of potential. I am honored that you trust the kids in this community to me, and I will not disappoint you," White said.

White was originally offered the job after meeting with Sulkowski and Kelly in late May.

At the time he turned the job down, citing an emotional attachment to Beaver, where he has worked since September 2001.

Board member Mary Lou Petronsky said at the time the district probably would continue to pursue White. McIntyre did that, talking to him by telephone the week prior to meeting with him for coffee June 6.

McIntyre admitted that during their initial conversations, White was still leaning toward staying at Beaver.

"We did a lot of talking on the phone, but I think the face-to-face meeting is what did it. I told him that Chartiers Valley is a district that is on the brink of greatness, but that we needed the right person to take us there."

Of the more than 25 applicants, Petronsky said "there was no close second" to White.

White lives in Ohio Township with his wife, Danielle, and their three sons.

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