By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff writer, Waynesboro
WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - This week Carolyn Shegelski became the first woman in the Tri-State Area to break through the chalk ceiling when she walked into the Southern Fulton School District superintendent's office and went to work.
Shegelski, 50, was hired earlier this summer to supervise the 900-student, two-school system at an annual salary of $68,000.
She assumed full-time duties Monday.
Shegelski succeeds Eugene Artman who held the job three years. He was being paid $63,000 when he left.
This is Shegelski's first superintendent's post. She comes to Fulton County from Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania, where she was supervisor of curriculum and instruction in the vocational education school which served four school districts.
"This job is similar, so the transition should be easy," she said.
There are 501 school districts in Pennsylvania, but women run fewer than 50 of them, she said.
"More women are moving into administrative positions. It's a natural kind of thing for women to get into. You'll be seeing more women as systems try for more balance. It works out well because some students relate better in some situations to female administrators," Shegelski said.