Archive

ShareThis Page
Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract | TribLIVE.com
Norwin

Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract

by TONY LARUSSA
| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 p.m.
NSWilliamKerr112014
Norwin Superintendent William Kerr

The Norwin School Board on Monday renewed Superintendent William Kerr’s contract for another five years.

The agreement was approved by an 8-0 vote with an abstention by school Director Albert Lynn, who said after the meeting that he declined to vote on renewing Kerr’s contract “for personal reasons” that he wouldn’t elaborate on.

Board President Robert Perkins said Kerr was the only person considered for the district’s top administrative position.

“The board felt that Dr. Kerr has done an excellent job and was glad that he was interested in coming back for another five-year term,” Perkins said. “And we’re glad to have him.”

Kerr, 62, was the superintendent of the Armstrong School District before being hired as Norwin’s superintendent in 2010 to succeed John Boylan, who retired.

Kerr, of Kiskiminetas Township in Armstrong County, also has served as superintendent of the Apollo-Ridge School District and was an assistant superintendent of Leechburg Area School District. He began his career as a teacher and principal in the Kiski Area School District.

“Throughout my professional career, I have maintained a respect for the public’s interest, promoted good school and community relations, and enhanced the quality of public education,” Kerr said. “I am profoundly grateful for the vote of confidence by the board of education, and I look forward to the exceptionally good working relationship in the future.”

The new contract takes effect on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2020. Kerr’s salary during the first year of the deal will be $158,526.

Perkins said the board’s expectations for Kerr during the next five years are to “continue to work on improving student test scores and to move ahead on implementing the district’s STEM program.”

Citing a “skills gap” that has resulted in thousands of jobs statewide that go unfilled each year because employees lack the training to do the work, Kerr has led the district’s efforts to incorporate a STEM education center into the high school to prepares students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Norwin School District has about 5,200 students and employs about 500 people.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2360, or at tlarussa@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.