Moon hires principal for R. Hyde Elementary School

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Moon Area school directors have hired David Gallup as principal for what is expected to be the last year for R. Hyde Elementary School.

The board’s 8-0 vote on July 30 fills the vacancy created June 25 when Joseph Johnson was reassigned as assistant to the high school principal. Director Dennis Harbaugh Jr. was absent.

Mr. Gallup who was hired at a salary of $93,450 joined the district last Thursday.


Hyde is scheduled to close at the end of 2014-15, with its 177 students and 32 staff being absorbed into a four-school elementary system with grades K-2 at Brooks and Bon Meade and grades 3-4 in McCormick and J.A. Allard. The district is expected to use University Boulevard as a guideline for redistricting.

Officials also are pursuing a merger with neighboring Cornell School District.

When news of Mr. Johnson’s job change became public, parents of Hyde students were upset that their long-time principal would not be with the school during its final year.

He replaces Ashley Makarevich Beeson, who was reassigned June 9 as principal at Allard Elementary.

Mr. Gallup comes to Moon Area from his K-5 principal position at Urban Pathways, a Pittsburgh charter school. The school received an award for exemplary practice in special education from the Allegheny County Local Task Force on the Right to Education during his tenure.

He implemented leadership programs there such as “The Leader in Me,” a project designed to build student self-confidence and learn modern skills. He also created a program for impoverished 10th grade students to teach self-respect, social conventions and study skills.

Mr. Gallup was director of students services, a position similar to assistant principal before becoming principal at Urban Pathways and has worked in various teaching positions including student teacher at Moon Area Middle School and as math teacher at The Academy System in Pittsburgh, a private residential school serving students placed there by the court system.

"It is our hope and expectation that Mr. Gallup will be a Moon Area School District employee for a very long time," Superintendent Curt Baker said.

Mr. Gallup also is a soccer and hockey coach and has coached basketball at several schools including being an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon.

He and his wife, Tina, live in Moon and have two children, ages 8 and 5. Both attend Allard Elementary.

Sonja Reis, freelance writer:

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