The Greensburg Salem School Board is seeking to fill two positions in the district headquarters office, with the imminent departure of its business manager JR Dzurica.
Meanwhile, the board is considering candidates for the superintendent’s position, as Ken Bissell, the secondary education coordinator, replaces the acting superintendent.
Dzurica is also secretary of the school board. The board accepted his resignation this week after being hired as the business director of the Mt. Pleasant Area school district.
“I wasn’t actively looking for anything,” Dzurica said. “The opportunity came out of nowhere. And when he did, I couldn’t let him go. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant.
Dzurica’s departure date and details of his new contract remain to be determined. He will replace Allison Willis, who was recently hired to oversee human resources at the Franklin Regional School District in Murrysville.
Dzurica said it could be at least two months before he makes the transition between districts.
“I still have a lot of work to do here (in Greensburg Salem),” he said. “Our annual audit is ongoing. “
Dzurica has been working in the field of education for about a decade. He was hired at Greensburg Salem in August 2019, with a salary of $ 105,000, after serving as a business manager at the Belle Vernon Area School District.
Greensburg Salem launched a search for a new superintendent after Gary Peiffer left at the end of June to take up the post of superintendent at the Chartiers-Houston School District in Washington County.
The Greensburg Salem School Board planned to begin interviews this month, drawing on a pool of 13 candidates for the superintendent’s post, board chairman Ron Mellinger Jr. said.
This week, the board retroactively approved the ad for an elementary teacher. District administrators recommended adding the teacher’s post to help reduce the size of the large kindergarten class at Metzgar Primary School. There are up to 28 kindergartens per teacher at the Salem school.
Principals also accepted the resignations of Jason Thompson, guidance counselor at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School, and senior caretaker Brent Gnesda, and approved the advertisement to fill these vacancies.
The board voted in favor of a five-year agreement that provides for salary increases totaling $ 70,000 to 14 district administrators from July 1 to June 30, 2026.