New Thomas Jefferson High School principal hired

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By a 5 to 4 vote, the West Jefferson Hills school board hired Christopher Sefcheck as the new principal of Thomas Jefferson High School.

Voting against the hire at a special board meeting Wednesday night were members Carolyn Bourgeois, Alan Caponi, John Hosmer, and President Anthony Angotti.

In a prepared statement, Mr. Angotti stated that "Legal reasons and privacy matters prevent us from publicly discussing the

interviewing process ... Personal preferences on the candidates presented to the board does not suggest Mr. Sefcheck is not

qualified ...''

Mr. Sefcheck will start about Aug. 1 at a prorated annual salary of $90,000. He replaces Timothy Haselhoff, who retired effective

June 30 after seven years as principal, and 34 total years in education.

The board also approved the employment of Mr. Haselhoff for transition services for the month of July on an as-needed basis

at his current per diem salary of $429.85.

Mr. Sefcheck, 45, will be resigning his current post, held since 2011, as principal at Frazier High School in Perryopolis, Fayette County.

He holds a principal's certification and a superintendent's letter of eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.

He previously taught biology at high schools in Las Vegas, Nev., and in the Laurel Highlands School District in Uniontown, Fayette County.

West Jefferson Hills received over 200 applications for the positions of high school principal and middle school assistant principal.

The latter post was filled last month by Adam Zunic, a district middle school social studies teacher, at an annual salary of $70,000.


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