New Castle News


April 11, 2012

Shenango superintendent quits; interim named

NEW CASTLE — The Shenango school district needs a new superintendent, but apparently has one lined up already.

The resignation of Eugene Thomas was announced Monday night at the board’s work session. It was effective Monday.

Assistant superintendent Dr. Michael Schreck was named acting superintendent by the board. But Albert Burick, board president, announced it is the board’s intention to select Schreck as the next superintendent, then eliminate the assistant post.

Burick read a joint statement issued by the board and Thomas at Monday night’s meeting. Thomas’ resignation and a separation agreement were unanimously approved by the board, as was Schreck’s designation.

There was no indication Thomas is taking another position.

Thomas, a 1986 Shenango graduate, was hired as superintendent in December 2009. He replaced Dr. Daniel Bell. A previous superintendent, Dr. Lawrence Connelly Jr., served in an interim capacity between the two.

Prior to taking the helm at Shenango, Thomas had been superintendent at Valley Local Schools in Lucasville, Ohio. He began his education career at Shenango, teaching fourth grade.

It was no secret Thomas has been assessing his employment options. Last July, the New Castle News reported he had been offered the superintendent’s position in Ohio’s East Liverpool school district.

However Thomas, turned down that offer. District officials indicated residency was a sticking point in the agreement.

At the time, Burick and other board members told The News they were unaware that Thomas was seeking other employment.

In April 2010, the Shenango board named Schreck assistant superintendent, effective in July of that year. The assistant superintendent post in the district had been eliminated previously, but was reinstituted.

Shreck was promoted from the post of high school principal, and had served in various capacities as teacher and administrator for 15 years at Shenango before being named assistant superintendent.

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