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Erb named Tuscarora superintendent

February 08, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The president of the Tuscarora School Board on Wednesday revealed that after "a lot of deliberation," the panel agreed to hire Rebecca E. Erb as the district's new superintendent.

The board reached a consensus immediately following Erb's interview Jan. 23, and she has accepted the offer, Board President Jane Rice said.

All that remains are an official vote next week and signatures on the contract, Rice said.

"I think her demeanor and leadership skills are why we chose her over the other two candidates," Rice said.

The board's regularly scheduled meeting Monday will start at 6:30 p.m., allowing extra time for an Act 1 public hearing.

The board has yet to pass a resolution saying whether it intends to stay within an inflationary index while setting the property tax rate in 2007-08, Rice said. If the board seeks to raise taxes by more than 4.4 percent, the move would require voter approval in May.

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School districts must meet a series of deadlines presented by Act 1, leaving many superintendents in Pennsylvania with the tasks of collecting data and understanding nuances of the law passed in 2006.

"I'm sure that's going to be one of the major issues immediately," Rice said.

Erb trained to be a superintendent while principal at Tyrone Area High School outside State College, Pa.

She said she was looking for a district similar to the area where she has lived her entire life.

"I'm looking forward to becoming part of the community and developing a vision," said Erb, who already has toured all of the schools.

She received a bachelor's degree and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from St. Francis University, where she is an adjunct professor.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association was hired to conduct the superintendent search and presented three candidates for the seat vacated by Thomas Stapleford. He left the superintendent post Jan. 12 for a position with Temple University in Harrisburg, Pa.

Erb's starting salary will be $100,000, Rice said.

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