July 15, 2008

N. Pocono Has Potential Superintendent in Mind

By Jessica Durkin, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.

Jul. 15--MOSCOW -- The search for the next North Pocono School District superintendent is winding down.

The School Board met in executive session Monday with solicitor Joseph O'Brien to review a contract proposal from one candidate. Vice President Joe Cummings said an announcement regarding a new superintendent may be imminent.

"If we get a commitment, if it goes well and we reach an agreement, this person could be with the district (not long) after we appoint them," Mr. Cummings said before the meeting.

Mr. Cummings would not elaborate on the contract proposal details or identify the candidate. He said the board received 12 applications and called back about six people.

The board, with help from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, has spent the past three months recruiting a new superintendent to replace Louis DeFazio, Ed.D., who left the position in March. His employment with the district concluded in June, when retirement and resignation arrangements granted by the board took effect.

Interim Superintendent Joseph Castrogiovanni was brought out of retirement to manage the district in the meantime.

The North Pocono School District is centered in Moscow and has five schools. The board last month approved a $39.2 million budget for the 2008-09 school year.

Current issues before the district include ongoing construction on the new, $35.7 million high school and service negotiations with the district's bus transportation providers.

A board work session is scheduled for Aug. 11 and a regular meeting Aug. 13. Mr. Cummings said he may call a special meeting between now and next month's meetings to announce a superintendent appointment.

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