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Former Valley West Principal Candidate For Old Forge Superintendent Job

May 22, 2019

Old Forge school directors will vote tonight on appointing a top administrator from Scranton to lead their district.

Erin Keating, Ed.D., the Scranton School District’s chief of leadership development and school operations, is on the Old Forge agenda to be appointed as superintendent during the 7 p.m. meeting.

Former Superintendent John Rushefski resigned from the district last month to take the top job in the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Rushefski, who had led Old Forge since 2014, helped increase academic opportunities for students and dealt with school board dysfunction.

Keating was a finalist for the Old Forge superintendent job last year, with the board ultimately voting to give Rushefski another contract. If approved tonight, Keating will make an annual salary of $117,000. She earned $116,150 during the 2017-18 school year in Scranton. After serving as principal of Wyoming Valley West High School, Scranton appointed her as supervisor of elementary education in 2014.

When Rushefski resigned, the district posted the position briefly and received some interest, board President Jenna Jones Shotwell said this afternoon.

“In discussions among the board, Erin Keating was someone who was so impressive last year,” Shotwell said. “We asked her to come in and meet with us ... it was a very easy choice for us to make once we felt she was interested.”

Keating will bring drive, passion and fresh ideas to Old Forge, Shotwell said.

“There was no one better in our eyes,” she said.

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