Peters Township hires Pittsburgh schools leader as new superintendent

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The Peters school board tonight hired Pittsburgh Public Schools deputy superintendent Jeannine L. French as its new superintendent.

School board members voted unanimously to give Ms. French a five-year contract that pays $160,000 in the first year -- making her the highest-paid superintendent in Washington County and in the South Hills.

Superintendents at nearby Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon school districts make between $150,000 and $152,000 per year, and Trinity's Paul Kasunich is the second-highest-paid administrator in Washington County, earning $139,000 per year.

Ms. French, 46, replaces Nina Zetty, who took the top job at Gateway School District late last year. The district has been operating under interim superintendent Joseph Dimperio, a retired consultant who did not seek the job.

Ms. French will begin work in Peters on July 1. She has served as

the Pittsburgh Public Schools system's chief of school performance, as a principal and as the director of the district's Middle Alternative School.

In news release, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane said expressed sadness over Ms. French's departure.

"Dr. French is extremely talented, and her commitment to the children of the Pittsburgh Public Schools has been unmatched. Her departure is a real loss for Pittsburgh, but we're happy she will continue to serve children in Southwestern Pennsylvania," Ms. Lane said.

In the Pittsburgh news release, Ms. French called the moment "bittersweet."

Ms. French holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

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