Scungio served twice as superintendent and also was a school director.
By LAURA MILOSER
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- A well-respected man in the community received a high honor from the Neshannock board of school directors.
The new elementary school library will be named after retired Neshannock School Superintendent Joseph Scungio.
He served the district as elementary school principal from 1973 through 1980. In 1980, he began serving the district as superintendent until he retired in 1999.
A little over a year after retirement, Scungio returned to Neshannock to fill an unexpired term on the school board. Not long after that, he was appointed to fill the position of acting assistant superintendent after the resignation of former Assistant Superintendent Daniel Matsook.
Less than one month later, he served the district as acting superintendent when former Superintendent Dr. Ronald Mento took a similar job in the Montour School District near Pittsburgh. The board has since hired Dr. Michael Hink as superintendent.
"It's hard to put into words my feelings. I am happy and honored that you are putting my name on the library, but I appreciate even more what you [the board] have done for the district," Scungio said.
He referred to the district's $12 million construction and renovation project in progress at the elementary school, which will include the new library to be named in his honor.
Board member Joe Gierlach said, "If it wasn't for you coming back to lead us in the right direction, we wouldn't have made it through the tough times."
The Scungios' daughter, Diane Perrot, is the librarian at the elementary school.
In other business, the board appointed Sharp Collections Inc. of Sharpsville, Pa., to collect the district's delinquent earned income taxes.
The board also authorized Eckles Architecture of New Castle to seek construction bids for renovations to the high school cafeteria and for conversion of the district offices into a large group instruction room.
The district offices are located in the high school and will be centrally located between the elementary and high schools upon completion of the elementary renovation project.