McKeesport Area loses superintendent to Mount Pleasant

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For nearly 20 years, Timothy Gabauer has been an integral part of the McKeesport Area School District.

That tenure came to an end last week when Mr. Gabauer, 44, announced his resignation as McKeesport Area superintendent, a position he has held since September 2011.

He is moving to the same post with Mount Pleasant Area School District.

"Mount Pleasant is very happy to have him as superintendent. He brings a wealth of experience from McKeesport," said Mount Pleasant Area school board member David Brooks, whose district had conducted a search for a new superintendent since opening the position in January. "We think we have somebody who will provide forward-thinking leadership and will be a real asset to the communities we serve."

Mr. Gabauer's projected first day at Mount Pleasant is Nov. 1. "That could potentially be subject to change," Mr. Brooks said.

Mr. Gabauer informed the McKeesport Area staff of his plans in an email Oct. 8.

"I am extremely proud of our teamwork, collaboration and resiliency that has kept us strong through three of the most turbulent years in public education," he wrote, referring to a period in which the district has faced substantial cuts in state and federal subsidies.

When he became superintendent of McKeeseport Area, he was given a five-year contract with a starting salary of $134,000.

He will earn $135,000 at the beginning of a five-year agreement with Mount Pleasant, a district with 2,100 students, according to state enrollment reports. McKeesport Area has 3,556 students.

A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania who earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Gabauer joined McKeesport Area in 1994 for his first job in education, teaching social studies at Cornell Middle School.

He started on the administrative track as middle school dean of students in 2000, eventually serving as middle school and high school principal before being named assistant superintendent in August 2009 and then becoming superintendent in 2011.

Mount Pleasant Area school board voted 10 months ago to open the superintendent's position, a job held by Terry Struble since 2008. In May, Mr. Struble was hired to head Clearfield Area School District.

The search for a new superintendent in Mount Pleasant appeared to end in July, when the district offered the job to William A. Clark, former superintendent of Manheim Area School District in Lancaster County. Mr. Clark, however, accepted the superintendent's post in Warren County School District.

"We had to start over," said Mr. Brooks, explaining that Mr. Gabauer had not applied before the position was readvertised.

No McKeesport directors could be reached for comment.

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Harry Funk, freelance writer: First Published October 17, 2013 1:03 AM


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