School District Athletic Director, PRHS Assistant Principal Hired

Start dates have not been set.

The Pine-Richland School Board hired an athletic director for the district and assistant principal for in unanimous votes Monday night.

Joshua Shoop was hired as the full-time athletic director at an annual salary of $85,000 and Michael Silbaugh as a full-time assistant principal for a salary of $71,537 annually. 

Start dates have not been established yet.

Neither was at Monday night's meeting.

"We're very happy about the new hires," School Board President Stephen Hawbaker said. "They couldn't be with us tonight."

Shoop has been the athletic/activities director for the South Butler County School District since 2003, according to the district's website.

Prior to coming to the South Butler County School District, he was manager of Meadowlane Golf Course in Indiana and head boys varsity basketball coach at Homer Center High School, the website states.  

Shoop holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Sports Management degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He will replace Clair Altemus, who is retiring.

Silbaugh is listed on Norwin School District's website as a chemistry teacher at Norwin High School. 

He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry education from California University of Pennsylvania; a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Saint Vincent College; principal certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and a superintendent letter of eligibility from Gannon University, according to the district's website.

He is enrolled in the doctorate program for organizational learning and leadership at Gannon University, the website states.

Norwin School Board members recently appointed Silbaugh as interim assistant intermediate principal, according to TribLive.

Silbaugh replaces Matthew Delp, who resigned to take a job as assistant principal at North Allegheny's intermediate high school.

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SSB June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Does anyone else have a problem with this news? First, hiring an Athletic DIrector at all given the budget situation; second, why not just employ one of the displaced phys ed teachers instead of bringing in an external hire?; third, why does the athletic director get paid more than the assistant principal? Seems like priorities are pretty screwed up here.
Stacey June 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I agree what happened with the former ad
another PR mom June 12, 2012 at 01:14 PM
It doesn't surprise me at all because its sports first academics second in Pine Richland and most of the parents that I have met thus far share that philosophy unfortunately.
Stacy June 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I would be interested in knowing if the displaced phys. ed teacher(s) got a shot at the job as well. To be honest, I don't see why we need another (assistant) principal at the high school at all.
NotBornAYinzer June 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Using the displaced PE teachers to take over AD duties to save money is not a wise choice. The duties of an AD are MUCH greater than you'd expect. You have to be in charge of budgets, planning, project management, risk assessment, safety and complete oversight of an entire department - which I do not think that a PE teacher with a few years experience could handle. Using a PE teacher to be an AD is similar to saying "I have experience keeping my household budget, therefore I am qualified to be the CFO of a multi-million dollar corporation". It doesn't work that way. My real concern in the AD hire has more to do with qualifications and vision for the future. Is the athletics budget going to be spread evenly, or heavily weighted to certain sports? Will girls sports be given the same importance as boys sports? What type of community involvement does the new AD expect, both in the recreational leagues as well as support/fundraising? Are the school facilities going to be shared with the community, or will they continue to charge the tax payers access to facilities they've already paid for? To be competitive with similarly sized schools things will need to change, and I for one would like to know what the new AD has planned - similar funding from Baierl like NA? Or continued booster-led initiatives to provide appropriately safe playing fields/surfaces? Hiring the right person could actually save money, but hiring the wrong person may end up being worse in the long run.
Kim Grewell June 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
KAG Absolutely agree with SSB. What on earth is going on at PR???? Are they out of their minds????? Priorities are definitely screwed up in this district. I, for one, as a Pine Township resident, am appalled.
SSB June 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
My understanding is Clair Altemus was the former AD as well as serving as head football coach, and that he is retiring from the AD position but staying on as head football coach. I could be wrong re the latter, but that is what I heard.
Susan M. June 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Only in PR can you find an Athletic Director, with a only a bachelor's degree from IUP, hired at $85,000, while an Assistant Principal enrolled in a Doctorate program is hired at $71,000. How can they justify $85,000???? This school district is crazy.
PR Mom 18 June 13, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Only when we have a leader at the top that is highly capable and knowledgeable and makes the right decisions will this community get the educational system that they deserve. It is our community and we need to let the Board know that we deserve much better. It is time for a change.
a mom June 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The worst is yet to come. Only on June 25 will we really find out the dismal state that our school district faces. Amendments to the budget may be made on that day without the 20 days required public viewing. Nobody can predict what the board may decide to amend between Thursday {finance meeting} and June 25, 2012. Not sure if our voices make a difference.


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