Board urged to go slow in hiring superintendent

A former board member said the new board should select the replacement.
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- A resident has asked the Neshannock Area School Board to take its time before hiring a new superintendent.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hink announced his retirement at the August monthly meeting. His retirement becomes effective Jan. 31, 2006, but Hink said he would be able to give the district extra time if needed.
At its September meeting, the board hired Tri State Area School Study Council of Pittsburgh to perform the search for a new superintendent.
At a board meeting this week, Walter Kustra, a former board member, said, "Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important decisions you will make. Be very thorough, pristine and deliberate."
New board
He continued to say that hiring a new superintendent should be a decision made by the newly formed board.
Two board members will finish their terms when the board reorganizes Dec. 5.
Richard Canciello lost his seat on the board in the primary election in May, and board president Frank Rondinelli was defeated in last week's general election. Bill Brown and Anthony Ross won the two seats on the board and will join incumbents Tracy Stevenson and James Kearney.
Board member Mary Jo Coyne, however, said it is poor board management if the current board does not make a decision on a superintendent. "We have known about Dr. Hink's retirement for almost four months now," Coyne said.
She also confronted board member Dr. John Dietz for discussing the hiring process outside of the board meetings. Dietz responded, "I am very careful to watch what is said."
Rondinelli said, "We are doing our job looking for a superintendent. We don't know when that will be. We don't even know who the applicants are yet. We only know how many applicants we have."
Other matters
In other business, the board agreed to employ Michael Zuzow as assistant transportation manager at a salary of $36,000 per year.
The board also increased the technology consultant service agreement from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week. This will remain in effect until full-time technology coordinator services are restored in the district.

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