Stapleford takes Tuscarora leadership role

August 08, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -The Tuscarora School District begins the new school year this month with a new schools superintendent.

The school board hired Thomas Stapleford, a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, to replace William Konzal, who retired in July.

Konzal led the district since August 1999. Stapleford, 40, took over in July.

Stapleford, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, signed a five-year contract with the board. It ends June 30, 2008.

He takes over at a time when Tuscarora School District is starting an $11.5 million makeover of the 50-year-old James Buchanan Middle School.

District taxpayers will see a 4-mill increase in their school tax rates over the next four years to pay for the renovations.


Bids for the project go out this fall.

The work calls for eight new classrooms, four new science labs, moving the main entrance from the front to the rear of the building, new windows and major upgrades of the school's heating, air conditioning and electrical and lighting systems.

The middle school serves about 700 students. The last major renovation to the building was done in the early 1960s.

The district enrolls about 2,600 students in its high school, middle school and four elementary schools.

Stapleford will have to start looking at space needs in two of the elementary schools and the high school will need some work in the near future, Konzal said before he left.

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