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Waynesboro superintendent chosen

May 16, 2001

Waynesboro superintendent chosen



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer


Barry L. DallaraWAYNESBORO, Pa. - A superintendent for a school system near Johnstown, Pa., was named the new superintendent of schools for the Waynesboro Area School District Tuesday night.

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Barry L. Dallara, superintendent of the Forest Hills School District, will have a four-year contract with the Waynesboro Area School District and will assume his new duties around July 23, school officials said.

Dallara will be paid $99,500, which is slightly more than the $98,200 salary of former superintendent Robert J. Mesaros, Board of Education President Lawrence M. Glenn said.

Lance Landauer, who has worked as a consultant for the school system since December, will serve as interim superintendent until Dallara takes over.

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The school board began looking for a replacement for Mesaros last fall and 19 people had applied for the superintendent post since February.

Several applicants were interviewed, but none met the school board's criteria, officials said.

After that effort, the board began its search anew in January.

The board was looking for someone with a good grasp of fiscal issues, said Glenn. The board wanted someone who was familiar with traditional education and vocational education, Glenn said.

"He's the guy to do that," Glenn said.

Board members traveled to Dallara's school district to talk to school officials there about his job performance, Glenn said. They tried to talk to as many people in the community as possible to get a feeling for Dallara's style, Glenn said.

"We actually went to people at Sheetz and asked them things about their school district," Glenn said.

The School Board vote to hire Dallara was unanimous.

Dallara said Tuesday he did not want to comment about his new job because he was still working out details at his current job.

Dallara has headed up the Forest Hills School District since 1997. He began his teaching career in 1973 as an industrial arts/technology teacher in the Chestnut Ridge School District in Bedford, Pa.

In 1982, Dallara became the administrative director of the Bedford-Everett Area Vocational and Technical School. In 1989, he became executive director of the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, where he worked until becoming superintendent of Forest Hills.

Dallara and his wife Sharon have two children and one grandchild.

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