The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 10, 2012

Sunbury native becomes new superintendent at Shikellamy

SUNBURY — Nearly five months after former Superintendent Robin Musto retired, the Shikellamy School District has found its new chief — a Sunbury native.

After weeks of interviews and executive-session discussions, school directors voted 8-0 Thursday night to hire Pat Kelley, 52, of Bath, N.Y.

“I am appreciative and looking forward to coming here to Shikellamy,” said Kelley, who received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Bloomsburg University. “This is truly an honor and privilege.”

Kelley has been the superintendent of the Bath Central School District. Before that, he served four years as superintendent of the Northwestern School District, in Albion, Erie County, before his contract was not renewed in 2010.

Kelley was a junior high school principal in Athens Area School District, principal in the Keystone Central School District and assistant middle school principal in the Northwestern School District.

“We are excited the district can finally move forward,” school director Lori Garman said. “I am delighted.”

Board President Linda Van Der Pool agreed.

“We are pleased and excited Mr. Kelley is our new superintendent,” she said. “He is a great fit for the district and the community.”

Kelley was given a four-year contract and will earn $125,000. He said he is searching for a house for his family.

“It’s nice to come back home,” he said. “I have been to all of the schools and I have met with administration and I am excited to get started.”

Kelley received a master of education degree with distinction in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi and is enrolled in a doctoral program in education leadership at Penn State.

“This will be a challenge and I am looking forward to it,” he said. “I am ready to work with everyone and I look forward to moving Shikellamy forward.”

Director Tom Michaels said he is thrilled the district got what it sought.

“The district is set to move in a new direction,” he said. ‘I am very happy we found someone and I look forward to working with Mr. Kelley.”

Kelley will begin his duties as soon as he is released from the Bath School District.


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