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Hoover named to top Greencasle-Antrim schools post

February 22, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Applause and congratulations followed Thursday's unanimous appointment of C. Gregory Hoover as the newest Greencastle-Antrim School District superintendent.

The school board approved Hoover's three-year contract, which has a starting salary of $117,000.

"I think we're where we're supposed to be," said Daniel J. Fisher, president of the school board.

Hoover took over the superintendent's duties after P. Duff Rearick retired on March 31, 2007. He was named acting superintendent that July.

Before his transition into the superintendent's position, Hoover had worked in many capacities with the district since 1978, the most recent of which was director of elementary education.

"Greg had been part of the succession plan for years to become the superintendent," Fisher said. Challenges in his life, including surgery for a ruptured brain aneurysm, had temporarily taken Hoover off that track, he said.

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The start date of the new contract is July 1, but Fisher said the date is arbitrary.

"I want to say that as of tonight, he's no longer acting superintendent. He's the superintendent," Fisher said.

"When we talked this year, our theme has been 'momentum,'" Hoover said. "We're taking what we've done in the past, and we're continuing it in the future with putting our children first."

"I wish him all the luck, and I think he'll do us a good job," board member Michael R. Shindle said.

Hoover demonstrated an ease with the school board at Thursday's meeting, especially as phone calls were made for updated scores from their boys' basketball game. Hoover was the subject of some good-natured ribbing about the initial he uses.

"What's the 'C'?" asked board member Charles T. McClain.

"That's a good question. It's Charles," Hoover said.

"And why aren't you using that name?" Charles asked, prompting laughter and an explanation about Hoover's mother's wishes about his name.

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