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Gateway High School has a new principal, assistant principal resigns

July 31, 2018

Gateway High School

The Gateway school board hired Plum High School Principal Justin Stephans during a special meeting July 25 and approved the resignation of the district’s high school assistant principal.

Stephans, 39, of Plum, will fill the role of Gateway high school principal at a yet to be determined date at a salary of $119,000.

He will replace Pete Murphy, who served as the high school principal for the last four years. Murphy was hired at Thomas Jefferson High School in June.

After hiring Stephans, the district subsequently started a search for the high school’s assistant principal. Adam Knaresborough, 34, was hired June 26 by West Jefferson Hills School Board to serve as assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School with Murphy.

Superintendent Bill Short said Knaresborough likely will work at Gateway through August before he starts at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Stephans, a 1996 Gateway graduate, was with Penn Hills School District for 10 years as a high school teacher then dean of students and left the district as an assistant principal at Linton Middle School.

He then moved on to Plum School District in 2010 where he served as an assistant principal at the high school and then principal at Regency Park elementary. He was most recently the high school’s principal, a position he held for two years.

Plum school board President Steve Schlauch said Stephans did great work in Plum and will be missed.

“We thank Justin Stephans for his time here and all the good things he did for the Plum School District and education of the students,” he said.

The Plum school board plans to discuss the high school principal position sometime next month.

“This is a personnel matter and nothing’s been decided yet,” Schlauch said.

School Director Valerie Warning presented Stephans with a Gateway Gators T-shirt and a hat to welcome him to the school.

Stephans said he is excited to be part of the Gateway team.

“This school district does well academically, as well as athletically,” he said. “So I’m excited.”

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