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Claysburg-Kimmel OKs new principal

Charles “Chuck” Kassick was introduced Wednesday night as the new Claysburg-Kimmel High School principal.

Kassick, who attended the school board meeting, comes to the district after being employed as a principal at Northern Cambria Elementary.

According to his

LinkedIn account, Kassick previously taught English for 12 years at Portage Area School District. He earned his master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and a certificate in educational leadership and administration from Point Park University in 2017.

In other action, the Claysburg-Kimmel high school and junior high football teams will officially be playing home games on Hollidaysburg Area School District’s football field this fall.

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board unanimously approved the contract with Hollidaysburg Wednesday evening.

According to Claysburg-Kimmel Superintendent Darren McLaurin, Hollidaysburg isn’t charging Claysburg-Kimmel for the use of the facilities. Claysburg-Kimmel will only pay for the workers at the games, such as security and ticket sellers.

“Their superintendent and athletic director have been great,” McLaurin said.

“It is extremely generous of them to help out,” said school board member Jeremy Knott.

There will be four home games each for the Bulldog’s football teams. If the high school team has a home game on the same week as Hollidaysburg, the Claysburg home game will be played on a Thursday night or a Saturday night, board members said. The junior high games will be played Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the varsity schedule.

Additionally, the board discussed how to show their appreciation to Mark Barnhart, owner and chairman of the board of NPC. Barnhart was honored with the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. He was named the award recipient last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was postponed and is now set to be held Oct. 18 at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

Over the years, Barnhart has helped out the Claysburg-Kimmel School District, most recently last September when he and his company donated 140 laptop computers to better equip students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, school board members said.

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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