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Leechburg Area superintendent to retire

Leechburg Area School District Superintendent Blair Kucinski is retiring from the district after seven years at the helm of the district.

His retirement will begin at the end of January.

Kucinski did not return several phone calls this week, and school board President Kevin Daugherty did not return phone calls Friday.

Board member Chuck Pascal said interviews for a replacement are scheduled for next week.

“Nobody wants him to leave,” Pascal said.

Kucinski has been in education for 30 years, first as a teacher and later as an administrator. He became Leechburg Area’s superintendent in 1996.

When a new superintendent starts work in February, he or she will start with what will likely be a new school board.

Six school board seats are up for grabs in the November, and four of the candidates are newcomers.

Pascal, with 16 years on the school board, is not running again. Neither is member Nancy Wright, with 12 years.

Vice President Michele Fox, who did not cross file but ran as a Democrat, didn’t win enough votes in the primary to be on November’s ballot, and she had 10 years on the board.

Richard Cappo with four years experience isn’t running again.


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