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Consultant to act as interim superintendent for WCPS

Board votes 5-2 to hire Stan Schaub for $12,000 a month

February 01, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Franklin County, Pa., man who owns an educational consulting business and once served as acting deputy superintendent for Washington County Public Schools has been named interim schools superintendent.

The Washington County Board of Education voted 5-2 to name Stan Schaub as the county's interim superintendent during a Tuesday afternoon board meeting at the central office.

Schaub, 64, of Fayetteville, Pa., was not at the meeting.

A contract is expected to be finalized by the end of the week that would call for Schaub to be paid $12,000 a month for the four-month term, which starts March 1 and ends June 30, Board President Wayne Ridenour said.

Schaub would be paid on a per diem basis for any time he works in February to prep for the job, Ridenour said. The per diem rate works out to about $554 a day.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan is retiring from the school system on Feb. 28, and the board hopes to have her replacement in place when the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Schaub will not be the next superintendent, Ridenour said. Schaub doesn't intend to apply for the permanent superintendent's job, and the board did not want a interim leader who also would be an applicant for the regular job, Ridenour said.

Morgan served as interim superintendent before she was named superintendent.

A majority of the board thought the school system would be better served by naming someone to the interim post who was not already in a position of authority in the school system, Ridenour said.

Naming a current employee or having an applicant for the superintendent's job serve as interim superintendent could make for awkward moments, he said.

'Good fit'

In a telephone interview, Schaub confirmed he was not planning on applying for the job and accepted the offer to be the interim superintendent knowing the board wanted someone who wouldn't be an applicant.

"It just felt like a good fit," Ridenour said about the selection after the meeting.

Schaub knows the school system and its people, so there won't be "a monumental learning curve," Ridenour said.

Schaub served as acting deputy superintendent for systemwide improvement, efficiency, and accountability from January to June 2008, according to his résumé. Then Boyd Michael became deputy superintendent.

Schaub said he was honored to be considered for the interim position.

Asked about his goals for the four-month term, Schaub said they include ensuring the school system adheres to all federal and state regulations, making sure the "ball doesn't get dropped any place" and maintaining stability while moving the school system forward.

Also, he said he wants to make sure all stakeholders, including students, parents and staff, "feel safe, that the system is in good hands."

He said he was impressed with everyone he came into contact with when he was in Washington County.

According to Schaub's résumé, he also did consulting work for county schools, including compiling a manual for use by administrators on investigating allegations of employee misconduct and chairing a new Teacher Evaluation System Committee.

He has held several positions with Montgomery County schools, including teacher, multicultural specialist, principal, administrative financial assistant to the deputy superintendent and director of performance evaluation.

As a consultant, he has also conducted executive level recruitment for Washington, D.C., public schools and was project liaison for the modernization/addition of a Montgomery County high school, according to his résumé.

2 oppose move

Before voting on Schaub for the interim post, board members Donna Brightman and Karen Harshman explained why they were not going to vote in support of the decision.

Brightman said Schaub had served the school system and Morgan for several years under numerous professional services contracts, as well as having been acting deputy superintendent.

At least five of those contracts dealt with highly sensitive, confidential personnel issues, Brightman said.

Brightman said she was concerned about the message the board was sending to its employees with the appointment.

Harshman said she could not support the motion because the expense was so great for a four-month position and that the school system had not always filled other positions when someone had left.

She later noted that when she retired in July as an English teacher from North Hagerstown High, her position was not filled, so other teachers had to pick up her classes and, hence, had more work.

With a deputy and two assistant superintendents each paid in the $100,000 range, Harshman said the board should be able to use them in the interim.

According to salary information from the school system, the deputy and two assistant superintendents each make more than $100,000 a year.

Ridenour said dividing the superintendent's responsibilities among other staff members would either lead to those employees working well beyond the amount of time they already work, or shortchanging other areas of responsibility. He said the level of pay was commensurate with the responsibility.

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