Journal Register News Service

PHOENIXVILLE -- Acting Superintendent of Schools Barbara Burke-Stevenson recently announced that the district will resume interviews this week for the vacant athletic director's position.

Burke-Stevenson told the audience during last Thursday's school board meeting that they are currently looking at six candidates to interview, including Phoenixville Area Middle School Assistant Principal Charlie Kramer, who has been filling in at the position.

"We are looking at six candidates, including Mr. Kramer," Burke-Stevenson said. "We will be doing interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday."

Burke-Stevenson didn't reveal any names besides Kramer's, but did state that the candidates include two former athletes and three teachers.

"This position is Monday through Friday," she said. "We hope to bring this to closure and bring a name to the board. This is a 10-month position."

The search for an athletic director at Phoenixville has been under way since the departure of Ray Jenkins in June.

Burke-Stevenson also mentioned that the search for a director of human resources is still underway.

"We've had over 80 candidates apply," she said. "We will begin interviews next week."

As far as the search for an assistant superintendent of schools, Burke-Stevenson said they have to begin all over to fill that position.

"We had a few candidates in mind and it went far but it didn't work out," she said. "We will begin another search."

Board President Mark Casaday reiterated to the audience that the search for a full-time superintendent of schools will resume in October.

It was during the Aug. 25 meeting that Casaday said that the board began "an exhaustive search" this past January for a full-time superintendent.

"We went through numerous interviews and we were able to narrow it down to two candidates," Casaday said that evening. "Following a second round of interviews, we decided to suspend the search until October. We will then look at this after the new year."

For the time being, Burke-Stevenson remains as acting superintendent of the Phoenixville Area School District through the opening months of the new school year,

Burke-Stevenson was appointed by the Phoenixville Area School Board at its June 10 meeting, and she began her tenure with the district July 1. She is the third superintendent of schools since David Noyes retired in July 2008.

Maria Schwab was hired to replace the retiring Noyes, and she resigned her position on Nov. 8.

Maryjane Richmond served as acting superintendent from Nov. 9 until Nov. 20, when Terry L. Mancini was named to the post. Mancini held the position until the end of the 2008-09 school year.

Richmond, who was the full-time assistant superintendent, left the district on July 24 to take the position of assistant superintendent of the Lower Moreland Township School District, effective Aug. 1.

The superintendent announcement is yet another issue regarding busy personnel moves within the district during the past few months.

At the school board meeting on Aug. 13, the board announced the hiring of new high school principal William "Rick" Clifton and Leonard Kresefski as the district's finance director.

Clifton became high school principal effective Aug. 20, while George V. Carlino will stay on board as a consultant to the new principal.

The board hired Carlino as interim high school principal and Lawrence J. Feeley as interim assistant high school principal on July 23.

The search for a principal at Phoenixville has been under way since the sudden departure in June of former principal Richard Kaskey.

Feeley will be serving as interim assistant high school principal while Amber Gentile, who is currently on maternity leave, is slated to return Nov. 1.

Before a highly emotional crowd of more than 100 people, the school board terminated Phoenixville basketball coach Bill Detweiler and assistant basketball coach Ken Winston on Aug. 3.

Both Detweiler and Winston are accused of violating both a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rule and a school district code regarding conduct.

There was a scheduled PIAA meeting Aug. 19 to discuss the Phoenixville Area High School basketball program, but it was canceled and rescheduled for Sept. 16.

Up for debate at the PIAA meeting will be the status of last season's District 1 Class AAA championship under Detweiler, along with the upcoming boys' basketball season.

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