North Allegheny poised to tap retired Upper St. Clair superintendent as interim leader - North Journal

North Allegheny poised to tap retired Upper St. Clair superintendent as interim leader

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 4:08 PM


The North Allegheny school board is expected to appoint a retired Upper St. Clair school superintendent to serve on an interim basis as the district’s top administrator.

Patrick T. O’Toole, who retired in 2018 after a nearly 40-year career in education, will replace Robert Scherrer, who is leaving North Allegheny to serve as executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, a regional public educational support organization.

“The North Allegheny School Board is pleased that Dr. Patrick O’Toole has agreed to lead the district as the interim superintendent, and we are confident that he will provide a seamless transition as Dr. Scherrer moves into his new role leading the Allegheny Intermediate Unit,” said Richard McClure, president of North Allegheny Board of School Directors.

“The superintendent search process will likely take several months and identifying a strong interim leader is critical, particularly as the district navigates the new challenges of covid-19. Dr. O’Toole’s past experiences and successes make him a great fit to lead North Allegheny during this critical time.”

The board is expected to formally announce O’Toole’s appointment during its virtual meeting on May 20.

On April 22, the school board voted unanimously to hire a company to conduct a search for a replacement for Scherrer, who is scheduled to begin his new job in late July.

During his career, O’Toole served as a high school principal, an assistant high school principal and an elementary school teacher.

Prior to joining Upper St. Clair, O’Toole served as superintendent in the South Butler County and Shenango Area school districts.

O’Toole is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

He earned a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 2016, O’Toole received Clarion University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2012 he was named the Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

“North Allegheny is a great school district that is entering a phase of leadership transition,” O’Toole said in a news release announcing his pending appointment. “I plan to use my energy and experience to assist the school community,” said O’Toole. “I appreciate the board’s confidence in me and look forward to working with them as we advance the mission of the district.”

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