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Waynesboro schools superintendent Dallara to retire

February 20, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Barry L. Dallara will retire from his position as superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District effective April 19.

The school board accepted Dallara's letter of resignation, which cited personal reasons, at its meeting Tuesday.

"His talents and skills that he brought to the job were something that essentially made him the right person in the right job at the right time for the Waynesboro Area School District," Board President Stanley Barkdoll said.

Dallara, the former superintendent of the Forest Hills School District near Johns-town, Pa., was named the successor for Robert J. Mesaros in May 2001.

The 2005 extension of his contract included a pay raise that boosted his annual salary to more than $111,000.

Barkdoll praised Dallara for guiding the district through a $46 million renovation and expansion project at its high school and his efforts concerning the jointly owned Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

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"I believe he turned around what I think was a failing process at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center," Barkdoll said.

Dallara recently developed an alternate proposal for the future ownership and operation of the career center, which had been at the heart of a takeover plan by the Chambersburg Area School District.

Dallara, who has two children with his wife, Sharon, serves on the boards of directors of the Waynesboro Area YMCA and Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community Foundation.

The board will advertise the superintendent position immediately, Barkdoll said.

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