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Tuscarora superintendent to retire

William Konzal has worked in the school district since 1999.

William Konzal has worked in the school district since 1999.

November 13, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Tuscarora School District Superintendent William Konzal announced his retirement this week, effective at the end of July.

Konzal, 61, came to the district in August 1999 from the Iroquois School District in Erie County, Pa.

Konzal said his biggest accomplishments at Tuscarora were taking the district in new directions and adding new educational programs, including a makeover of some of its remedial programs. He also launched the facilities study that will result in the renovation of the district's older schools.

"He's been outstanding," school board member Michael Rice said of Konzal. "We could not have asked for more. We hoped that he would stay on for another three or four years. He's been above and beyond in every aspect of the job."

Rice said Konzal has worked hard to get district residents more involved in the schools. He also credited Konzal with being a hands-on administrator.

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"Every time you call the central office looking for him, they tell you that he's out in the schools talking to students and teachers," Rice said.

Konzal got the board started on its expensive and long-range project to upgrade the district's aging school buildings, especially the 50-year-old James Buchanan Middle School that needs extensive renovations, Rice said.

Konzal grew up in Queens, N.Y. He received his education at Long Island University and the University of Arizona.

Konzal's wife, Jean, is an assistant professor of education at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., near Trenton. She lives across the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pa.

He and his wife have spent the last three years running back and forth between there and Mercersburg, where Konzal keeps an apartment.

He said he began thinking of retirement this summer.

"I'm going to look into some other doors, probably some college teaching," he said.

The Konzals' ultimate goal, when his wife retires, is to move to New England to be closer to their grandchildren, he said.

The Tuscarora School District, which serves Mercersburg and the surrounding area, has four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. It has about 2,700 students and 185 teachers.

Rice said the full board will serve on the committee that will recruit Konzal's replacement. He said Konzal will assist in the process.

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