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School board fills job of assistant superintendent



Published: Sat, June 3, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The assistant superintendent will be paid $102,000 a year.

By LAURA MILOSER

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Neshannock Area School District has hired its second administrator from a Pittsburgh school district in less than six months.

The board of school directors employed Dr. Kathleen Roppa for the new assistant superintendent position.

Roppa will join her former boss from the North Allegheny School District, Dr. Marry Todora.

The board hired Struthers native Todora as superintendent in February to fill the position vacated by retiring Superintendent Dr. Michael Hink.

Board President Dr. John Dietz said he is impressed with the board's decision.

He spoke with an administrator from North Allegheny who told him, "'You took our best employee, now you're taking our second best. You're making a really dynamite team at Neshannock.'"

Dietz said he likes the concept of an assistant superintendent. He commented that the position will mainly focus on curriculum, but the new assistant superintendent also will work with technology.

The board had interviewed for a technology director about five to seven months ago. Dietz said this would save the district from hiring a curriculum director along with a technology director.

Process and results

A total of 14 candidates applied for the assistant superintendent's position. Todora said seven finalists were interviewed by a team of teachers, the administrators and the board.

She said she would like to see her new administrator begin her position by July 1.

Roppa, who has served as an administrator for the past 16 years, was hired under a three-year contract at a yearly salary of $102,000.

Her main focus at Neshannock will be student achievement, safety and technology.

While at North Allegheny, Roppa was responsible for writing the first stadium evacuation plan for school districts in the United States.

Todora said she is excited to begin her work with her former employee. "Kathy is very detail oriented and follows through on everything. She is a real work horse."




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