Greencastle-Antrim schools name Hoover superintendent

Had served in interim role since July

Had served in interim role since July

January 30, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- After serving as acting superintendent for the Greencastle-Antrim School District since July, C. Gregory Hoover will officially become the superintendent after the school board's approval on Feb. 7.

Hoover has been working in the superintendent's capacity since April, but he was not named acting superintendent until July 1, 2007. He was substitute superintendent from April to July, he said.

"(The school board) will vote on Feb. 7 to offer me a contract and I will sign it," Hoover said. It will be a three-year contract that will begin July 1, Hoover said. Hoover's acting superintendent contract will expire June 30.

"We had been having conversations probably since September," Hoover said. "(The school board) had sort of decided to make the decision in December to hire me or go with someone else."


Hoover will replace P. Duff Rearick, who retired March 31, 2007, after 12 years of service.

Hoover described the past 10 months in the superintendent's capacity as "a whirlwind."

"It's just ... trying to get a grasp on everything is difficult," Hoover said. "The reality is you may never get a grasp on it, but you don't stop trying."

Hoover has been with the Greencastle-Antrim School district since 1978, except for six months in 1985 when he was an intern at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

"You think you have an understanding of what the job encompasses, but you really don't until you get into it," Hoover said.

For Hoover, who was born, raised and graduated from high school in Greencastle, working for the school district was something he always knew he wanted to do, he said.

In 1978, Hoover started as a substitute teacher for the school district. He coached middle and high school sports from 1979-88. He then became a part-time high school vocational teacher to students struggling in math and English. That position was funded by a federal grant.

In 1979, Hoover became an adaptive physical education teacher in Greencastle-Antrim's K-12 program and from 1980-85, he taught health, physical education and driver's education at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

Hoover was the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School principal intern from 1985-86 and was appointed principal in 1986.

From 1990-91, Hoover served as the high school assistant principal, then went on to be the middle school principal until 1995 and the elementary school principal from 1995-98.

Until becoming acting superintendent, Hoover served as director of elementary education, beginning in 1998.

"I've been an administrator in three of the four buildings," Hoover said. "I think that's a plus for us that I know these buildings and the programs that take place there."

Hoover said that when Rearick retired, he was not originally a candidate to replace him. The search to replace Rearick began in June 2006, Hoover said.

"When the search wasn't successful, (the board) approached me about being a substitute," Hoover said. "I was one person in the district who had the letter of eligibility (superintendent's license) and I was a senior administrator."

Hoover hopes to continue the school district's mission of providing opportunities to students and giving them the best education possible, he said.

"Dr. Rearick had the district going in the right direction," Hoover said. "We have a wonderful staff (and) with good people, we certainly can accomplish a lot."

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