Glendale district hires superintendent

FLINTON – Glendale School District has a new superintendent with local ties.

After an hourlong closed-door session, the school board unanimously voted Tuesday evening to approve longtime district elementary Principal Edward DiSabato of Altoona as superintendent, at a $92,000 salary with a

contract running through June 30, 2019.

School Board President Andy Mulhollen said DiSabato had been a “stellar” elementary principal, and the board anticipates a good working relationship with him.

He said 20 candidates applied for the position and four were interviewed, including DiSabato.

The board also voted to advertise for a new elementary principal.

DiSabato was not present for the meeting but said afterward that he’s looking forward to the new role.

“I’m excited and honored to have been chosen to be the next leader of this fine school,” he said.

DiSabato worked in Altoona-area parochial schools before starting at Glendale 10 years ago.

He also serves as the district’s Title I supervisor and federal programs coordinator – roles he hopes to continue, he said.

DiSabato is a Saint Francis University graduate and obtained his superintendent eligibility from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2006, he said. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Altoona, where their son, Dylan, is a sophomore at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.

The board also approved appointing learning support teacher Rick Kozak as assistant high school principal at a $55,000 salary by a 6-2 vote.

Board member Richard Cree was absent; board members Kent Ford and Brenda Dubler voted no. Both refused to explain their vote after the meeting.

With Kozak and DiSabato in their new roles, a new elementary principal set to be hired later and former assistant high school principal Rick Stackhouse having had his first day as high school principal Tuesday, the district is set to have an entirely new administrative staff going into the 2014-15 school year.

Mulhollen said change is always inevitable, but the district is fortunate that the three new administrators were hired from within and are familiar with Glendale.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.