Greensburg Salem promotes acting principal to post |

Greensburg Salem promotes acting principal to post

The Greensburg Salem school board voted 6-3 Wednesday to promote Adam Jones to middle school principal at a salary of $98,000 a year, effective immediately.

Jones replaces Todd McMillen, who was promoted last month to coordinator of student services.

Jones has been with the district about 13 years. He was appointed acting associate principal at the middle school last month at a salary of $92,000.

Before that, he spent about a year as acting associate principal at the high school, a position he assumed after five years as a dean and teacher at the high school.

Jones decided to pursue the principal position because he wants to be able to help as many students as possible, he said.

“Your goal should be to impact as many people as you can in your life,” he said.

Board members Barbara Vernail, Frank Gazze, Lee Kunkle, Jeffrey Metrosky, Stephen Thomas and Angela DeMarino-Tooch voted in favor of Jones’ promotion. Ronald Mellinger Jr., Richard Payha and Richard Guerrieri opposed it.

Board President Mellinger said he believed Jones was promoted over other, more likely candidates who had been in their positions longer, although he did not discuss specifics.

“We put people in place to take this role,” he said. Jones had “only been an associate principal for 30 days.”

Superintendent Eileen Amato said Jones is a good fit for the position.

“We were looking at leadership,” she said. “We were looking for someone who had a vision and could continue the work Mr. McMillen did.”

In other business, the board approved various new procedures, mostly related to students, covered issues from fundraising to suspension to hazing.

The approval is part of a long-running effort to update district policies.

The board has been revising and adding policies every month to update its outdated guide. Many of the new rules implemented echo practices that have been in place at the district for a long time without being officially codified, Amato said.

The most recent batch of policies almost completes those related to student conduct, Amato said.

Now the board will turn its attention to the policies governing employees.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or [email protected].

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