By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Greenville school officials decided if they can’t share Mark Ferrara with Sharpsville, then they’ll just take him as their own.
At their meeting Wednesday, Greenville school directors voted unanimously to hire Ferrara as superintendent. They gave him a five-year contract at a salary of $127,500, a bump up $12,500 from his current earnings in Sharpsville.
After “seven good years,” Ferrara said, he will be leaving the helm of Sharpsville schools and traveling 15 miles north.
Earlier this week, board members from both districts confirmed they were in talks to share the superintendent.
“There did not seem to be sufficient evidence among the board members to go off in a direction like that, at least not at this time,” said Sharpsville board Vice President Dave DeForest.
Dennis Webber, Greenville school board president, said he still thinks shared services would work, but board members decided they needed to move forward by the end of June.
“We are interested, but we can’t sit and wait and not have somebody to start the school year,” Webber said.
While Ferrara is finishing the 60 days left on his contract in Sharpsville, Dr. Hendley Hoge will continue as interim superintendent in Greenville. Hoge, a retired principal of Mercer High School, took over for Dr. Patrick Heflin on July 1.
Ferrara said that Greenville presents a different set of opportunities, although Sharpsville was one of the bright spots in his 34-year career in education.
“I’m very proud of everything we’ve accomplished in Sharpsville,” Ferrara said.
DeForest said Sharpsville board members have begun discussing their contingency plan for replacing a superintendent, although they have no meeting set for July.
“I think Greenville made a great choice,” DeForest said. “I think they’re going to be quite satisfied with Mark.”