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Old Forge Appoints Scranton Administrator As Superintendent

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL, STAFF WRITERMay 23, 2019

OLD FORGE — A top administrator in the Scranton School District will become the next superintendent in Old Forge.

School directors enthusiastically appointed Erin Keating, Ed.D., to the position with a 7-0 vote Wednesday night. Although the board often disagrees, all directors said the district is lucky to have Keating at the helm.

Keating, the Scranton School District’s chief of leadership development and school operations, replaces John Rushefski, who resigned from Old Forge last month to take the top job in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

“I’m honored to get the job. This is an amazing community school,” said Keating, 44, an Edwardsville resident. “I will work relentlessly to give kids everything they can have.”

Keating was a finalist for the Old Forge superintendent job last year, with the board ultimately voting to give Rushefski another contract. Keating will earn an annual salary of $117,000, with an automatic 2.5% raise given yearly throughout her five-year contract. She earned $116,150 during the 2017-18 school year in Scranton.

After serving as principal of Wyoming Valley West High School, Scranton appointed Keating as supervisor of elementary education in 2014. Scranton can hold her for as many as 60 days before she can start at Old Forge, she said. Keating earned her bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and her doctoral degree from Wilkes University.

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

“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.

In other business Wednesday night, the board approved a 2019-20 proposed final budget that includes a 3-mill tax increase. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value, so a homeowner with a property assessed at $10,000 would pay an additional $30 next year.

Shotwell, Brian Guida, Christopher Thomas, Marie Ciuferri and Alisha Hudak voted for the 3-mill, or 2.3%, tax increase. Frank Scavo and Patrick Aulisio voted for a 1-mill tax increase instead, which would have left the district with a $46,295 deficit. Directors Megan McCabe and Joan Wilk were absent.

The board will vote on the final budget at the June meeting.

Contact the writer: shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushallTT on Twitter

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