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Waynesboro schools hire interim superintendent

September 27, 2000

Waynesboro schools hire interim superintendent



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Herbert Phelps, a retired school superintendent from Adams County, Pa., has been hired to take over the Waynesboro Area School District temporarily while the school board looks for a permanent replacement for Robert J. Mesaros.

Mesaros, 58, superintendent in Waynesboro since 1995, resigned effective Oct. 16. He accepted a superintendent's job in the Marple Newtown School District in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Mesaros said as of last week 15 people had applied for his job. It could not be learned Wednesday if more applications have been received. The deadline was Monday. The school board advertised the job in newspapers and professional journals.

So far, 15 applications have been received by the Waynesboro board from people seeking Mesaros' post.

The board will pay Phelps $400 a day for every day he works in Waynesboro. That translates into an annual salary of about $90,000, Mesaros said. Phelps lives in Hanover, Pa., and will make the 45-minute commute to Waynesboro.

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Phelps was chosen from between two applicants interviewed for the interim post. A total of six applied.

The school board hopes to have a new superintendent on board by the start of the second semester in January, Mesaros said.

Once the board sets the criteria for the job, a committee of board members, administrators, teachers and citizens will review the applications and recommend those for interviews by the full board.

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