Peters school board hires firm for superintendent search

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Peters Township School District has hired a search firm to find the district's next superintendent.

The school board unanimously approved an agreement at a special meeting Monday with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to oversee the search, expected to begin soon and wrap up by July 1. The cost to the district will not exceed $21,000, and the search will include input from Charles Mahoney, executive director of the local Intermediate Unit 1.

The proposal from the Chester County IU was one of five reviewed by the board, which is seeking to replace former superintendent Nina Zetty, who two months ago accepted a job at Gateway School District.

School director David Hvizdos said the appointment of the firm will begin the search process "in earnest," with meetings expected to be organized quickly with staff members and the public.

Also Monday, the board accepted another in a long list of recent administrative resignations, releasing Bower Hill Elementary School assistant principal Christopher Shute from his employment, effective Feb. 15. Mr. Shute has accepted a job as a principal at North Allegheny School District.

He is the sixth administrator to leave the district since June, following Ms. Zetty and other high-profile employees, such as the directors of special education and transportation.

Mr. Shute's resignation represents the loss of a "tremendous asset" to the district, board member Sue Smith said. Others agreed.

After Monday's voting meeting, the board held an education committee meeting in which some major curriculum changes for next year were discussed.

Most of the proposed changes will come at the high school level, where new classes in social studies, math and STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- are in the works.

Among the proposed changes are replacing World Cultures with a global studies course, moving a mandatory government course to 12th grade and offering new electives, including Advanced Placement Economics, Introduction to Psychology and Philosophy.

The high school's Theater Arts department would also be revamped, with new electives aimed at musical theater, directing and portfolio management.

An Honors Linear Algebra course, now being offered through distance learning with Mt. Lebanon School District, could be among the new math courses available next year, along with Algebra II and Financial Literacy, a course which could eventually become mandatory.

The board could vote on the new courses as early as Tuesday's school board meeting, so that the new offerings would be available during scheduling in February.

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Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-851-1867.


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