EAST WHITELAND -- Great Valley's School Board selected two new administrators to fill vacancies at the district's schools.
Bonnie Citron was appointed principal of General Wayne Elementary School. In addition, the school board has chosen George Carlino as interim principal at Great Valley High School.
Prior to filling these two vacancies, the school district also filled positions for two other administrative positions: assistant superintendent and assistant middle school principal.
Great Valley Superintendent Rita Jones said many Pennsylvania school districts are seeing an increase in administrative retirements. About 35 years ago, there was a lot of administrative hiring because of high student enrollment, she said.
But now, student enrollment is not as high as it used to be, and districts are starting to see an increase in administrative retirements, according to Jones.
One of the reasons Jones believes there is a decline in administrative positions is because teachers' salaries have increased over the years, which makes teaching a good career for 190 days a year. Administrators hired at the entry level can tend to be paid less per day than some teachers, Jones said.
Another reason for a decline in administrative applicants, Jones said, is because of the high pressure that is associated with these positions, especially at the high school level. The pressure comes from the need to get college applications out for high school seniors, testing standards and societal issues associated with these jobs, she said.
Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Executive Director Stinson Stroup said there has been a diminished pool in administrative
applicants statewide and nationwide. And he said a lot of times school districts will perform multiple searches to find the job candidate.
Both Carlino and Citron are not new faces in the Great Valley School District.
Carlino was assistant principal at Great Valley High School from 1996 to 2001. He served as a high school principal in Owen J. Roberts School District and retired from that position in 2007, according to district spokeswoman Jennifer Blake. Before that, he worked as an administrator for the Child and Career Development Center in Coatesville and at the Center for Arts and Technology- Pickering Campus.
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to return to the school," said Carlino, adding that he hopes to provide a stable transition at the school until a person is found to fill the position permanently.
Citron previously served as supervisor of special education in the Great Valley School District. Prior to that position, she was assistant principal at General Wayne Elementary School from 2001 to 2007, according to Blake. She began her tenure in the school district as a learning support teacher at Sugartown Elementary School in 1995, Blake said. Prior to her work at Great Valley, Citron was a learning support teacher in the Dallastown Area School District in York.