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Frazier appoints new high school principal |

Frazier appoints new high school principal

Judy Kroeger
| Friday, September 2, 2011 12:00 a.m

Frazier School District has hired Chris Sefcheck as high school principal.

Twenty-six people applied for the position, which administrators narrowed to 14 and then three. The school board interviewed the three finalists for more than two hours prior to a special meeting Thursday.

Directors voted 7-0 for Sefcheck. Directors Kathy Burkholder and Lisa Strickler were absent.

“I love education,” Sefcheck said, who will earn $70,000 annually. “I want to work with teachers. Frazier’s such a great place. I want to continue its greatness.”

Sefcheck, 42, of South Park, has taught biology for two years at Laurel Highlands High School. He previously taught high school biology in Las Vegas. He also coached varsity basketball, soccer and swimming.

He earned his undergraduate degree at California University of Pennsylvania; his master’s at University of Nevada-Las Vegas; and his principal’s certification at California University of Pennsylvania.

Sefcheck is an Air Force veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War period — four years in active duty and four years in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“He showed a lot of passion and excitement for education,” board President Stacey Erdely said of the decision. “He was a classroom teacher, so he has rapport with students. He was in the military and showed a great deal of enthusiasm. He will be an asset to the district.”

“I’ve served on the school board (Uniontown Area) and in administration when hiring principals and teachers,” said acting Superintendent Ken Meadows. “It’s always a tough decision when the candidates are so strong.

“I brought back three very strong candidates to the board. A lot of dialogue took place during their interviews with the board. A lot of good questions,” Meadows said. “Mr. (Mike) Turek and Ms. (Anne) Peters interviewed them (the final three) with me before presenting them to the board.”

Turek serves as middle school principal and athletic director. Peters is the special-education supervisor.

Kelly Lombard remains as high school principal. Once Sefcheck has been released from Laurel Highlands, which could take up to 60 days and he settles in as principal, Lombard will begin as the principal for Frazier School District’s elementary schools.

Meadows, who retired as elementary principal at the end of the 2010-11 school year, and Peters have been serving as elementary schools principal.

In other business, directors revised the season-pass cost for adults, allowing for one free game.

Costs are football, $15; volleyball, $25; boys basketball, $45; and girls basketball, $55. Individual adult tickets cost $1 for the 2011-12 season. Prices for students and seniors remain unchanged.

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