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Superintendent search in Greencastle narrowed to 2

January 10, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District hosted the first round of interviews this week to select a new superintendent.

Members of a 12-person committee met with candidates Eric Michael of Chambersburg, Pa., and Steven Keifer of Danville, Pa., today and Monday in the process to replace retiring superintendent P. Duff Rearick.

Jack Appleby, Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School principal, said this is the third superintendent search for the school district in 30 years. With many school districts in the state also looking for superintendents, he said the process has been competitive.

A committee of six narrowed the search to four candidates this fall. Of the four chosen by the committee, Appleby said Michael and Keifer are the only remaining candidates for the position.

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"There are two viable candidates and in all likelihood, the new superintendent will be one of these two," Appleby said.

Michael is the assistant superintendent at Chambersburg Area School District and has worked in education for 26 years, Appleby said. A graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Michael received his master's degree from Shippensburg (Pa.) University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Appleby said Keifer is the superintendent of Danville Area School District in central Pennsylvania and has worked the last 29 years in education. He is a graduate of Berwick (Pa.) Area High School and received a master's degree from Penn State University.

The committee to select the new superintendent includes three administrators, three school board members, three teachers and three community members.

Appleby said the committee will select a finalist or finalists after the first round of interviews for a final round of interviews to be held in mid-January.

The candidate or candidates selected for the final round will spend all day in the school district touring the community, meeting students and parents and going through a final interview that evening at 6 p.m., Appleby said.

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