District hires superintendent
The Ridgway Area School District held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to appoint Dr. Michael O'Brien as the new superintendent.Dr. Tom Butler attended his last RASD school board meeting to congratulate and welcome Dr. O'Brien to his new role with the school district."It's been a joy, this is a great school district and I know Dr. O'Brien and his wife will be welcomed to the community," Butler said. "You will have a great time."The board voted unanimously in favor of appointing O'Brien as superintendent effective Aug. 9, 2011 and ending Aug. 8, 2014 at a salary of $115,000.Dr. O'Brien was working as a principal for eight years at New Oxford High School in Adams County. He received his undergraduate degree at York College of Pennsylvania in secondary education and general science, and earned a master's degree from Western Maryland University, Westminster, Md., in school administration. In addition, O'Brien is certified as an administrator for grades kindergarten through 12th and as a science supervisor. Dr. O'Brien also received his doctorate from Immaculata (Pa.) University.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, July 27, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.