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Mextorf Resigns as State College Area School District Superintendent

on December 04, 2010 2:11 PM

State College Superintendent Richard J. Mextorf, who was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and traveling outside designated traffic lanes after an incident in Clinton County, resigned Saturday morning.

A criminal complaint alleges that Mextorf, 48, of Port Matilda, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.316 percent on Nov. 18, the day he was stopped on state Route 64.

The following letter was sent Saturday about 2 p.m. to students' families, teachers and staff of the State College Area School District. will post additional coverage shortly.

Subject: Letter from SCASD Board of Directors

Dear faculty, staff, students and families,

Please accept our apologies for intruding on your weekend with family and friends. This letter is being sent to all members of the SCASD community. Information will be distributed to traditional news outlets later today.

Over the past week, the Board of School Directors has met in executive session. On the morning of December 4, Board officers met with Dr. Richard Mextorf, Superintendent of SCASD, and received his letter of resignation.The Board will formally accept his resignation during its regular scheduled meeting on December 6. Dr. Mextorf has been Superintendent since July 2009. His departure is sudden, and we wish he and his family well in their next phase of life.

Rich brought to the District a new focus for education, one that set a boundary less environment for all students, challenging us to learn, collaborate and share our talents in all venues. It is the Board's hope that his vision and passion for 21st century education will inspire and endure.

Effective Tuesday, Mr. Michael Hardy, Assistant Superintendent, will assume the role of Acting Superintendent until a search for a new Superintendent is completed. Mike is an experienced leader with a wealth of knowledge in educational planning and district operations. The District will be in capable hands during this transition period.

The Board will retain professional services to assist our search for a new superintendent, commencing immediately. Our goal is to seat the new superintendent prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year. As was the case for our most recent search, the process will be inclusive, with ample opportunity for feedback from faculty, staff, students and parents.

The focus of our educational mission has not changed. Our dedicated professional staff will insure that teaching and learning continue with the same competence and enthusiasm we expect from State College Area School District.

We recognize the past two weeks have been trying for everyone. As we work through this transition together, we ask for your very best cooperation and teamwork.

As always, if we can be of further service, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SCASD Board of School Directors

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