Area superintendent searches on

TYRONE – For the first time in 43 years, the Tyrone Area school board will begin a search for a superintendent.

On Tuesday, the board is expected to accept the retirement of William Miller, 70, who succeeded his father, Norman Miller, as superintendent in 1970.

Miller told the Mirror last month he was developing an exit strategy and that he expected to decide on retirement “soon.”

The Tyrone Herald reported earlier this week that Miller informed district personnel of his plans via email and that he’ll step down after the current school year.

Miller has not been available for comment.

As Tyrone begins its search, Altoona Area has closed the application process for replacing Dennis Murray, 72, who has served as superintendent since 1984.

Murray had previously announced he will not return as the district’s superintendent for the 2013-14 school year.

Altoona’s first round of interviews will begin by the end of January, said Pennsylvania School Boards Association President Wayne LeClair, who is facilitating the search process for Altoona Area.

LeClair declined to provide the number of applicants or specific information about their work experience, but he said, overall, the applicant response to the job advertisement has been strong.

“The applicants have a range of experience in superintendency and other administrative positions,” LeClair said.

Contracting the PSBA is one of a few avenues for conducting a superintendent search that the Tyrone Area board will consider, said board member Brian Bressler.

“We will vote on something Tuesday night because we have to move ahead,” he said.

Board President James Crawford said he is prepared to launch a search for Miller’s successor. Miller had considered retirement a couple of times in his tenure before but decided against it.

“I think we can say this is for real this time,” Crawford said. “We’ll have more information after the meeting Tuesday evening.”

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.