Hastings Time Finished as Keystone Central Superintendent

BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP – Kelly Hasting’s time as superintendent of the Keystone Central School Distsrict is done.

The school board Thursday night approved a leave of absence for Hastings, effective Dec. 22 of last year; she had not returned to work after the start of the new year and her previously announced retirement is to take effect March 12 of this year. Board President Charlie Rosamilia confirmed Thursday she will not be returning to her post. She was not present at the meeting.

In the meantime the district is without a lead administrator while a search is underway for a new superintendent. Friday is the deadline for applicants for a permanent superintendent.

After the board meeting Rosamilia told therecord-online a temporary lead administrator is in the process of being selected. That process, he said, was the subject of a board executive session before its regularly scheduled meeting. He said there is an in-house candidate for the temporary post but said necessary certification has to be received from the state. The replacement would serve into the spring, he said, and per state regulation would have to be listed as the “substitute superintendent” as Hastings’ last day is not until March 12.

The board also approved the retirement of the district’s curriculum director, Terry Murty, with 33 years of service, effective July 31 of this year; also approved was a leave of absence for Murty, effective Nov. 20 of last year. The board at a previous meeting had not acted on Murty’s leave request.

And the board accepted the resignation of Region VIII representative Jeff Johnston. Rosamilia said letters of interest for prospective replacements will be accepted through Jan. 25.