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McGloin Joins Upper Perk as Superintendent
Written by Kelly Chandler Staff Writer

        Upper Perkiomen School District officials, saying they "hit a homerun," unanimously voted in new superintendent Dr. Alexis McGloin last Thursday.  

        Before the vote, Acting Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kirby praised the board's patience during the superintendent search and the thoroughness of it.  He called the occasion a "great night" and noted he believes the board is getting exactly what they were looking for in terms of a leader with great character, competence, honesty and accomplishments.

        After her appointment, McGloin said she appreciated the "warm and welcoming" atmosphere at Upper Perkiomen.

        "You feel the sense of community and I can't wait to be a part of it.  It feels like the right place to be and I'm very excited about it… I want to thank you so much for this opportunity," she said.

        McGloin will serve a four-year term beginning on Jan. 20, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019.  Her base salary will be $180,000 per year.

        Board President Bill Scott said he is looking forward to what lies ahead for the district. 

        "I want to say personally I am so excited about Dr. McGloin joining us here.  I'm looking forward to working with her over the next year and I'm looking forward to seeing this school district move forward."

        Scott also thanked Kirby, whom he said led the board on an "unbelievable search" for a new superintendent following the resignation of Dr. Elizabeth Yonson in December 2013.  He noted Kirby was working diligently on finding a new superintendent well before he officially started back with the district in July 2014.   

        Scott also praised each member of the district's staff for their contributions over the past 2 ½ years.

        "There have been a lot of changes, a lot of upheaval, conflicts.  Through it all this staff has remained professional, come to work every day and I commend you for that.  I believe we are in the right direction.  I think if we all join together and we all work to make this district what it can be we are onto something.  This board appreciates all the hard work you have put in."    

        In other news, the district honored Ted Mucellin, Alma Buffkin, Linda Gronert, Philip Jones and Sandra English with Distinguished Service Recognition awards for their dedication to Upper Perkiomen during their time with the district.  Each one was given a certificate and custom artwork from a district student.

        The board also approved the new Creative Design and Engineering Course for the high school and the Montgomery County Planning Commission to complete a school enrollment projection study at a cost of $7,836.

        Four treadmills, at a cost of $11,780, were also approved for the high school weight room.  Athletic Director Steve Perlstein previously said only two of the district's five treadmills are working.  The treadmills, which are too expensive to repair, are used by the physical education department and athletic teams.  The purchase will come out of the athletic and physical education budgets, school officials said before the vote.       





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