Gersen loses second bid for Pa. job

April 15, 1997

Washington County schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen has lost his second bid in as many weeks for a superintendent's job with a Pennsylvania school system.

Cumberland Valley School District officials said Monday night the district's assistant superintendent, Anthony Colistra, had been named to the top job. Gersen had been a candidate for the post, according to Betty Heckert, executive secretary to the superintendent.

Located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., about 12 miles from Harrisburg, the 12-school system has about 7,400 students, Heckert said.

Colistra first worked in the system as a principal and has been assistant superintendent since 1986, Heckert said.

Gersen declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday.

Last week, Gersen was passed over for schools chief of the Fox Chapel Area School District, near Pittsburgh.

Gersen is still in the running for a superintendent's post in a school system in West Chester, Pa., Washington County Board of Education President B. Marie Byers said last week.


Gersen graduated from Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa.

Neither West Chester Area School District officials nor Gersen would not confirm he is a candidate for the job.

Gersen, 50, headed school systems in Bethel, Maine, and Exeter, N.H., before taking the top job in Washington County in 1987.

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