Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract |

Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract

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 [email protected].

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