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Freeport Area names superintendent

| Friday, May 18, 2007 12:00 a.m

Freeport Area School Board has appointed Stan Chapp as superintendent, elevating him from the interim status he has held this year.

Chapp was named on May 9 by a vote of 6 to 1. Barbara Toy-Gaydos cast the sole no vote. Board members Richard Ames and Frank Prazenica were absent.

Chapp has been filling in for Joe Malak, a 36-year district employee who retired last month after a year of medical leave.

Chapp will retain his current salary of $119,000 — $13,000 less than Malak made, at least for now. It is unclear whether he will receive a raise in July when the next round of raises take effect.

“It is truly an honor to assume the superintendent’s position in the school district and serve the communities of Freeport, Sarver and South Buffalo Township,” Chapp said in a written statement. “There is a tradition of pride and caring found here that is unmatched anywhere else.”

Chapp received a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University, and a master’s of education and a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to being named interim superintendent last year, Chapp served as principal of South Buffalo and Freeport Elementary schools for a year, then program director for five years.

Before Chapp joined the district, he was principal of Saxonburg Elementary School in the South Butler County School District for 10 years.

Chapp signed a contract May 9.

“We (the board) have seen him on the job for 14 months, and during that time there has been a lot going on in terms of growth and the building project in South Buffalo,” Ames said. “In my mind, he was hired based on continuity. From my perspective, there is no better interview than that.”

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