A Johnstown area native has been picked to serve as Richland schools’ next superintendent.
Arnold J. Nadonley, 46, a Sidman native who currently serves as Glendale schools’ top administrator, was chosen for the post Monday.
A longtime Windber Area administrator, he has worked at Glendale since February 2009, and before that as superintendent at the nearly 2,000-student Blairsville-Saltsburg schools.
Under Nadonley’s watch, Glendale rose 260 positions over a four-year-period to become a top 60 “Overachiever” in Pittsburgh Business Times’ annual school guide rankings.
But Richland board member Kathy Glattke said other intangibles stood out, too.
“What I saw in him is that he’s someone who definitely has the student in mind,” she said, describing Nadonley as experienced and personable. “He recognizes that he’s successful if the faculty and students are successful, and I like that.”
Nadonley received a five-year-deal from Richland’s board Monday. He’ll be paid $114,750 annually his first year on the job, district Business Manager Corina Long said.
Nadonley will replace current Superintendent Thomas Fleming, who accepted an administrator’s post at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in February.
“Richland is a great, high-performing school district, and I’m excited to get started there,” said Nadonley, a 1985 Forest Hills graduate who still calls the district home.
For Nadonley, the new job is one of several reasons to celebrate.
His 47th birthday is Saturday, and both of his children graduate this month, he said.
His daughter, Allison, has earned her education degree from Mount Aloysius and plans to teach, he said proudly. And his son, Rylan, is a Forest Hills senior who graduates later this month.
Nadonley said he expects to sit down with Fleming and school officials in the coming weeks and months. He said the fact he’ll transition into Richland this summer “gives me the opportunity to absorb what’s going on there” before implementing his own ideas.
“It’s not about just making changes for change’s sake,” he said.
David Hurst covers Richland schools for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst
Name: Arnold Nadonley.
Current job: Superintendent at Glendale School District.
First year salary: (2014/15 year) $114,750.
Contract length: Five years.
Background: 1985 Forest Hills graduate; St. Francis University (master’s degree); IUP (Educational Administration certification); California University/University of Pittsburgh (superintendent’s letter of eligibility).