B-A’s McInroy to step down
Superintendent has led district since 2014
BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members will be looking for a new leader after accepted the resignation of retiring Superintendent Thomas McInroy.
McInroy came to Bellwood-Antis in October 2014 after serving as superintendent of the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District in Somerset County since 2006.
“Dr. McInroy came to the district at a time when the district was facing some significant financial challenges. Under his leadership, the district has improved its financial position.
His working relationship with the board has been positive as he fostered an atmosphere of cooperation and openness,” Robert Fisher said at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
“During the challenges of the last couple years, Dr. McInroy has exhibited the courage to do what is right and best for the district and students, even when it is not the most popular course of action,” said Fisher, who served as board president for the majority of McInroy’s time at Bellwood-Antis.
McInroy said he decided to retire in 2019 when his last contract was negotiated. His last day will be July 4.
“I have been working in education for 34 years,” he said. “I have two beautiful grandchildren that I would like to spend more time with, and Cheryl (wife) and I want to travel.”
McInroy said his parents died at an early age, 65 and 72, and “I want to do as much as I can, while I can.”
McInroy, who grew up in Bath, N.Y., plans to remain involved in education in a limited role, perhaps as an interim superintendent.
“These positions are approximately four to six months long,” he said.
McInroy said he is proud of the work he and his administrative team have done at the district. “We have built a successful team that includes the school board, administration, faculty, support staff, community, parents and business leaders,” he said.
“Together, we have overcome many challenges that were placed before us. I am proud to say that the Bellwood-Antis School District has become a leader in educational practices, while being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers,” he said.
Listing Bellwood-Antis’ attributes, McInroy said “we have awesome teachers that present engaging lessons on a daily basis, infused technology into the curriculum, significantly upgraded the facilities, which provide a more conducive learning environment, have extracurricular activities that most schools are envious of, a dynamic administration, a security system and personnel that is second to none, and an incredibly supportive and thoughtful school board.”
McInroy said he hopes he is remembered positively for his time with the district.
“When I walk out the school doors for the last time,” he said, “I hope that I am remembered for being a leader in education, student centered and providing opportunities to people to help improve the quality of education for our students.”