New Castle News

June 21, 2012

Laurel principal retires, replacement named

John K. Manna
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Michael Krol is retiring as secondary principal for the Laurel School District, effective June 30.

The school board accepted his retirement this week.

The board reassigned Kevin Mahoney from a 10-month secondary principal to a 12-month secondary principal, effective for the 2012-13 school year.

His salary will be $92,100, an increase of $11,270 from his present pay.

Dan Svirbly, who has been secondary guidance counselor, was reassigned as a half-time 12-month secondary principal and a half-time grant manager for the Keystones to Opportunities-Striving Readers Grant, effective for the 2012-13 school year. His salary will be $78,100.

Matthew Pertile of Ellwood City was hired as secondary guidance counselor at a salary of $55,040.81. He has been employed with the Western Psychiatric Institute.

Krol, who has a total of 36 years in education, has been with the Laurel district for 24 years.

He was named high school principal in 1995 and later became co-high school principal with Dr. Harold Dunn and then secondary principal.

“It’s been a good run for me,” Krol said. “Early on, I was accepted by the staff, the students and the community. Given the opportunity, I embraced it. I did my best to provide a quality education for the students in the district.”

He acknowledged the board members, saying they give the administrators an opportunity to run a school “without interference,” adding they “don’t micromanage.”

Krol said he and Dunn didn’t allow their egos to get in the way when they served as co-principals, but “worked in concert with one another. I had 11 great years with Harold.”

He praised Dr. Sandra Hennon, district superintendent, for reinvigorating his career when she arrived at Laurel. He attributed any success he has had to her, as well as former superintendent, the late Leonard Rich, and the district’s teachers, some of whom are retired.

Krol said he intends to remain in the district, noting his two daughters graduated from Laurel and his 2-year-old also will become a Spartan.