New Castle News

November 26, 2013

Wilmington hires new superintendent

Mary Grzebieniak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Dr. Michelle M. Miller was named superintendent of the Wilmington Area School District last night.

The board approved a three-year term for the 38-year-old and set her first year salary at $120,000.

Miller has been superintendent in the Blackhawk School District for more than three years. She also served as assistant superintendent at Blackhawk, principal at Seneca Valley’s Haine Middle School and assistant principal and social studies teacher at Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. She is also a certified elementary schoolteacher.

Miller will soon be a part of the Forum for Western Pennsylvania Superintendents and is program chairwoman for the board of Lifesteps in Beaver County, formerly known as Easter Seals.

“I am humbled to become part of the team at Wilmington,” she said, noting she even has a pet whippet, a dog that is a smaller version of a greyhound, Wilmington’s mascot.

After the meeting, Miller said she is looking forward to building relationships between staff, students and the community and looks forward to working with a “stellar, outstanding” staff.

Her appointment is effective immediately. Miller, who lives in Chippewa, said she will start work Dec. 12. She replaces Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick who resigned.

In the only other business conducted at last night’s meeting, the board approved paying acting superintendent Jennifer Conrad $100 per day in addition to her regular salary as the district’s business manager and board secretary.