Mars Area promotes administrator

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Elizabeth McMahon, principal of Mars Area Primary Center, has been appointed assistant superintendent of elementary education, effective July 1.

Ms. McMahon was appointed Tuesday by a 7-0 vote of the Mars Area school board. Her annual salary will be $114,000.

“The board recognizes the importance of a dedicated focus on the elementary program,” board President J. Dayle Ferguson said. “And it was clear that you, given your dedicated service to our district and your outstanding leadership at the primary center, were deserving of this promotion.”

Ms. McMahon became principal of the primary center, which houses kindergarten and first grade, in 2005.

“I love my job at the primary center. I never saw this coming,” she said. “I’m honored.”

Ms. McMahon has a doctorate in educational leadership, three master’s degrees — in educational administration, special education and elementary education — and a bachelor’s degree in communications, all from Duquesne University.

She also holds a Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and state certifications for school administration, instruction of students with mental or physical disabilities, and elementary education.

“I hope to support the elementary program to move forward with consistency and fidelity,” she said. “I’m excited for the challenge of what is going to come ahead. Let's go.”

Before joining Mars Area, Ms. McMahon taught in the Deer Lakes School District and in the Peters Township and Trinity school districts in Washington County.

Matt Friedman, currently the only assistant superintendent, will become the assistant superintendent for secondary education.

In other business, the school board gave high school junior Oscar Manjerovic permission to build an outdoor classroom at the middle school for his Eagle Scout project.

Oscar said he plans to build six 8-foot-long benches that would hold 30 students with an overhang to protect students from the weather.

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