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Superintendent hopeful interviewed by Tuscarora board

January 24, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Tuscarora School Board on Tuesday hosted the last of three public interview sessions in its search for a superintendent.

The school board likely will make an announcement next month, board President Jane Rice said.

Finalist Rebecca E. Erb of the Tyrone (Pa.) Area School District answered questions from about 30 staff and parents Tuesday, while Sherian Diller of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School District and Michael Drzewiecki of the Clarion-Limestone (Pa.) School District did the same last week.

The three candidates vying for the seat vacated by Thomas Stapleford were found in a search conducted in part by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Stapleford left the superintendent post Jan. 12 for a Harrisburg, Pa., position with Temple University.

Erb and Drzewiecki both are high school principals, while Diller is director of elementary education in her district.

The public posed questions about grant writing, budgeting, priorities, communication and personnel practices.

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In describing her leadership style, Erb said she likes "to sit next to people, not across from them."

Erb said she had planned on moving into a superintendent position in the Tyrone Area School District outside State College, Pa., but the current superintendent delayed his retirement. Erb feels the Tuscarora School District is in many ways comparable to hers.

A top priority would be getting to know the community and key players in it, Erb said.

"I think one of the things I would need to do is get out and ride a couple school buses," Erb said.

The school board's next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

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