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Search for Greencastle-Antrim superintendent hits roadblock

January 24, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School Board announced Tuesday that its search to replace retiring superintendent P. Duff Rearick has closed without finding a replacement.

School board member Hal Myers said the board felt neither finalist Eric Michael nor finalist Steven Keifer suited the district's needs.

"We were not looking for another Rearick, but we did not feel either applicant was suitable to lead (the district) at this time," Myers said.

In a news release, board President Dan Fisher said the board appointed Greg Hoover, the district's director of elementary education, as substitute superintendent effective April 1. He said the board plans to consider the next step in the process in February.

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Hoover said he does not know how long he will serve in the position, but said, "I am honored that the board has faith in me to lead at this time."

Hoover, who has worked for the Greencastle-Antrim School District the past 27 years, said he applied previously for the superintendent position, but withdrew his name from the search.

The search to find a new superintendent began in fall 2006 under the lead of Jack Appleby, retiring principal of Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School. The field was narrowed to four candidates. Michael and Keifer were named finalists after the other two candidates withdrew and accepted extended contracts from their current schools, Appleby said.

Michael, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Chambersburg Area School District since 2000, said Tuesday he still has aspirations to become a superintendent.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, but I respect their decision," Michael said. "In my professional development, I'd like to move to a superintendent position because I feel I have ideas and initiatives that are good for the kids and the community."

Last year, Michael was one of the finalists to replace retiring Chambersburg Superintendent Edwin Sponseller. The school board chose Joseph Padasak, the former superintendent of the Windber (Pa.) Area School District.

Keifer currently serves as superintendent of the Danville (Pa.) Area School District.

Hoover said Rearick officially retires June 30, but that Rearick plans to take leave starting April 1.

Myers said despite the decision to close the superintendent search, the school board aims to fill the position by the start of the 2007-08 school year.

The board meets Feb. 1.

Fisher did not return two phone messages left at his home Tuesday.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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