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Tuscarora makes it official - Erb is super

February 13, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Rebecca E. Erb clutched her silver cell phone on her lap when the Tuscarora School Board voted 8-0 to hire her as the district's new superintendent.

She then quietly slipped to the hallway to call Tyrone Area School District and authorize the submittal of her resignation at its simultaneous school board meeting Monday.

The rural school districts often seem similar to Erb as she gets to know Tuscarora better.

"They just seem like the kids at home," said Erb, who was a high school principal in the Tyrone district.

The board's acceptance of Erb's five-year contract and $100,000 salary, with member Beckie Jo Higgins not present, means Erb will be temporarily moving in with her son in Fairplay.

That move, she said, will better position her to beg the 31-year-old for grandchildren, while she and husband, George, search for a second home in the Mercersburg area. The couple will continue to own and rent the family farm in Roaring Spring, Pa.

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George Erb owns a garden center, and the pair enjoy horticulture and weekends spent boating on Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, Pa. They also have a daughter who recently finished law school and works in legal aid.

Rebecca Erb, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and St. Francis University, said she is "looking forward to getting my feet wet" and will start March 1.

"I like to work with kids, especially teenagers," Erb said.

The board and staff on Monday told her to expect work with Act 1 of 2006, disciplinary procedures, the hiring of an additional administrator and building renovation feasibility studies.

The meeting also included a brief reception with punch, finger foods and sweets presented under red, pink and white balloons. A bouquet of flowers awaited Erb at the door.

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.

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