Northern Cambria School District board accepts superintendent’s retirement

Jubas’ contract will end June 30

By Paige Minemyer

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – The Northern Cambria school board accepted the early retirement of Superintendent John Jubas at its meeting Tuesday night.

Jubas’ contract with the district was set to end on June 30, 2015, but will instead end a year earlier. District Director of Finance Sam Kirk will serve as interim superintendent while administrators search for Jubas’ permanent replacement.

Jubas said he was pleased to be able to finish his career in the community that raised him. He has served in education for 36 years, and his contract with Northern Cambria began in 2010.

“What an outstanding community I was raised in,” Jubas said. “For those of us who are retiring, this is not an ending but the start of something new.”

Jubas did not offer an explanation for his decision to retire a year early. As part of his retirement package, he will receive health care for himself and his family for seven years.

Board President Ron Dolansky was the only member to vote against accepting Jubas’ retirement, saying he did not approve of the district paying for the entire family’s care.

“I am not in favor of giving full hospitalization to his family,” Dolansky said. “We have taxpayer money paying for that.”

Jubas told the Mirror in March that a member of the school board had approached him about a potential buyout of his contract. He called it a “casual inquiry” and not an official offer.

Jubas was on medical leave from late April to December 2013 to undergo cancer treatment in Philadelphia and said that he would like to work in the cancer community now that he is retired.

The board approved Kirk as interim superintendent for one year, if necessary. Board member Dennis Pawlikowski, who initially motioned to approve Jubas’ retirement, said that district officials will advertise for a new superintendent expeditiously.

Several members of the public in attendance expressed concerns that Kirk might not be able to handle both his current job and the duties of superintendent at the same time. Others noted that he has more of a background in finance instead of education.

Kirk dismissed those concerns, and Jubas noted that Kirk had 20 years of experience in administration.

“I think it’s the board’s intent to advertise and find somebody immediately,” Kirk said. “This is not unique to Northern Cambria. This has happened at other districts.”

His salary for both jobs will be $110,000. Should the district hire a new superintendent within the course of the year, Kirk will return to his job as director of finance.

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.