New Castle News


April 19, 2014

Neshannock board to name superintendent

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township school directors plan to hire a superintendent at a special meeting on Monday.

A hopeful for the position reportedly is Terence P. Meehan, currently assistant to the superintendent of the New Castle Area School District.

Four top candidates have been interviewed for the Neshannock position.

In December, Dr. Mary S. Todora announced plans to retire as Neshannock’s superintendent, effective June 30.

School Board president Karen Houk said the board received 17 applications for the position. Of those, five were selected to be interviewed, but one withdrew prior to meeting with board members. She would not identify any of the applicants.

She said that one of those interviewed is currently working in Lawrence County.

The interviews began in March, Houk said, and three were called back for a second round. Negotiations are continuing between the board and the leading candidate, she said.

The Neshannock district wants to fill the position before Todora departs, Houk noted, and the school board is “building in” time to ensure the district does not have a lapse without a superintendent.

“We want to give ample time so we have someone in place and ready to go on July 1,” she said.

 New Castle Area School District superintendent John Sarandrea at a public finance committee meeting of the school board Monday reviewed potential savings in next year’s budget from staffing attrition and moves.

He said he anticipates one person working in the central office will not be there next year.

It was indicated on a fact sheet that Meehan would be one of three administrators who are expected to leave the district, but no information was given as to why his name was on the list.

Meehan had not submitted a resignation to the New Castle Area School District as of Friday.

Earlier this week, Meehan declined comment on whether he applied for the Neshannock position. Last month he turned down an offer for the superintendent’s post in the Leechburg School District after having accepted it in November.

Leechburg, which straddles Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, had offered him a five-year contract with a starting salary of $125,000. Between November and now, Meehan never resigned from New Castle, where he has been employed for eight years.

Todora has been Neshannock’s superintendent since February, 2006.

When she announced her retirement, she said she had not made other plans, but that she intends to remain in education, possibly as a college level teacher or by serving another school district as a consultant or superintendent.

(Reporter Debbie Wachter contributed to this report.)

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