The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

July 16, 2013

Super idea on school leader?

Districts mull sharing same superintendent

SHARPSVILLE, GREENVILLE — Sharing superintendent services between schools is in the preliminary discussion stage between Sharpsville and Greenville school boards.

Board members from both districts confirmed they are in talks to share Mark Ferrara, the superintendent of Sharpsville schools.

“We are in the initial stages of discussion to explore ways we can make this work for both,” Bill Henwood, Sharpsville school board president, said.

Dennis Webber, Greenville school board president, said they have approached other schools in the past about shared services.

There is no model for shared superintendent services in any Pennsylvania school district. This would be the first merger in the state, according to members of both boards.

“There is no template for this – no one has done it before,” Dave DeForest, Sharpsville board vice president, said. “The details may be what we make up as we go along.”

“We want to get out in front of the state on this,” Webber said. “We want to write our own rules before the state forces the districts into sharing services.”

Greenville shares a cafeteria director with Jamestown School District and some sports with Commodore Perry and Jamestown schools, Webber said, noting these arrangements have been successful mergers.

Both boards talked about the advantages of shared services.

“The advantage of sharing administrative services is that it still allows every board and school to have their own identity, while offsetting administrative costs,” Webber said.

Henwood said the state is looking for schools to take the initiative, and this may be a way of receiving funding from the state.

“We would save 50 percent on wages and benefits,” Webber said, “The money saved can be put toward something to benefit the students.”

The Greenville school board approved Hendley Hoge as interim superintendent at $500 per day effective July 1 to June 30, 2014. Hoge replaced Pat Hefflin after the board voted in January against renewing her contract that expired at the end of June.

Hoge is former principal of Mercer High School and served as interim principal of Lakeview High School in 2012.

The Sharpsville school board does not meet until August, and though Webber gave no specific end date for the discussion of sharing Ferrara with Sharpsville, he said Greenville has already been through the second round of interviews for a full-time superintendent and they are ready to make an offer.

Both board presidents left the decision of sharing Ferrara up in the air.

“The ball’s in their court now,” Webber said, referring to the Sharpsville board.

“If something develops, we’ll bring it to the board,” Henwood said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Prison term upheld for sex offender

    A sex offender challenging a 4- to 8-year prison sentence for a probation violation lost an appeal of that sentence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man, 24, must register as sex offender for life

    The Ohio man who exposed himself to Sharon girls on their way to school last fall must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life when he gets out of jail.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man deemed predator – for now

    A former Sharon man was sent to the state prison system Tuesday for corrupting the morals of a teenage girl, but the question of whether his penalties under Megan’s Law will stand could be subject to future legal proceedings.

    April 23, 2014

  • Not even waste will be wasted

    Tom Darby admits he wishes the startup of the anaerobic digestion process at the Hermitage Water Pollution Control Plant had moved along much faster.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • To demolish or not Tear it down? Fix it up?

    In 2007, Richard D. Givens bought a home at 831 Knobwood Drive in Hermitage for $245,000.
    Today, the city of Hermitage is seeking the demolition of the now-vacant house, arguing the damage from water infiltration makes the structure not worth saving.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014