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April 22, 2014

Meehan named Neshannock superintendent

NEW CASTLE — Terence P. Meehan is the new superintendent at Neshannock Township School District.

Board members voted 5-4 last night to fill the post that will be vacated June 30 with the retirement of Dr. Mary Todora.

Supporting Meehan were David Antuono, P.J. Copple, Mark Hasson, Amy Na and Jay Vitale. Opposing were James McFarland, Richard Loudon, Cathy Snyder and board president Karen Houk.

His hiring is pending a newly-required Act 126 child abuse mandatory reporting training and a pre-employment drug screening.

The board awarded Meehan a four-year contract at $125,000 per year, $3,000 annual increases and the opportunity for performance bonuses. He is scheduled to commence work on July 1.

Following the meeting, Hasson said he believes that Meehan “will be a perfect fit for Neshannock. He has a strong curriculum background.

“Our district needs this expertise now.”

Houk said she is looking forward to working with Meehan and wishes him well in the coming year.

Meehan, 50, is a 1981 graduate of the New Castle Area School District. A son of the late John and Eileen Meehan, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Youngstown State University, his master’s degree and certifications at Duquesne University, and is scheduled to receive his doctorate in education at the University of Pittsburgh in June.

Expressing his gratitude to board members for showing faith in him, Meehan noted that he did his student teaching at Neshannock in 1989.

“I’ve gone from the lowest rung of the ladder to the office of superintendent,” he said.

He also noted, “There are a lot of challenges today in education. Each district has shared challenges and unique challenges to their own community.

“I understand many of the shared challenges. I look forward to learning what makes Neshannock special.”

He added, “I am honored to have received the support of the school board.”

He said he also is thankful for the experience earned over the past eight years working at the New Castle Area School District.

“They were a great group of people to have worked with,” he said.

A reception followed the brief meeting which was attended by more than 20 people, several from the New Castle Area School District.

Meehan, who is assistant to New Castle superintendent John J. Sarandrea, was one of 17 applicants for the position.

Last month he turned down an offer for the superintendent’s post in the Leechburg School District, after having accepted it in November. That district has offered him the same salary and a five-year contract.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

 

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