The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

August 27, 2013

Board hires new superintendent

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

WEST MIDDLESEX — West Middlesex Area School District has a superintendent for the next five years.

Dave Foley was hired Monday in a vote of 6-1, with Troy Mild casting the dissenting vote.

Foley comes from Pine-Richland School District in Allegheny County, where he was assistant superintendent and interim superintendent since 2009.

Before that, he held positions in education for 15 years. He was principal of Hillview Intermediate Center, Grove City, and technology facilitator and middle school social studies teacher in the Seneca Valley School District in Butler County.

Foley will start at a salary of $119,000 for 2013-14. Had Alan J. Baldarelli not retired, his salary would have been $111,500.

Board members reassured taxpayers and parents in the room that the board has the best interests of the district in mind.

“The salary is right in the neighborhood of other superintendents in the area,” said Tracy Hemminger, board president.

James Nevant, the district’s solicitor, said Foley’s hiring is “contingent on conditions being agreed upon.” He said the board would have to approve any sick and personal days assigned to Foley, and how many can be carried over from his previous position.

The board also voted 6 to 1 to hire Aaron Pernesky as the assistant high school principal at a salary of $65,000 for 2013-14.

Again, Mild cast the no vote.

Mild said he voted against the contract to hire Foley rather than against the candidate because he was concerned that the salary is too high and personal and sick days have not yet been negotiated.

Discussion of the newly hired superintendent and assistant high school principal centered around the board overlooking West Middlesex natives for the positions.

“These two interviewed extremely well and they fit what we needed,” board member Ted Hennessy said. “Sometimes it’s better to get the outside view.”