PURCHASE LINE: School board hires acting superintendent
July 02, 2013 11:00 AM
by JEREMY HARTLEY

PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line Board of Directors appointed Paul Gallagher as acting superintendent on Monday, at a rate of $475 a day, beginning immediately for the 2013-14 school year or until the district hires a new superintendent.

“I need to get to know the people,” he said of his plans as acting superintendent, “and probably help with the search (for a new superintendent).

“And depending on how that goes, the length of it, certainly if it goes beyond the start of school, I’d want to work on getting school started.”

Gallagher, a retired principal at Horace Mann Elementary School, Ben Franklin Elementary School and Indiana Area Junior High School, served as superintendent of the Hollidaysburg Area School District from 1999 until Monday, when he was succeeded by Robert Gildea.

The day his retirement began, he was hired by the Purchase Line school board.

Gallagher succeeds former Purchase Line Superintendent Tina Hazelet, who retired Friday after serving as superintendent since 2009. She also sat on the Purchase Line board before becoming superintendent.

Gallagher stressed that he is not in the running for the permanent position of superintendent.

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