HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Susquehanna Township School District has a new superintendent.
The school board voted 7-0 to approve the hiring of Dr. Tod Kline, who headed the Southern Huntingdon County School District for five years.
Kline wasted no time in sharing his vision Monday night.
“The first thing we have to do is establish that kids are first,” he said.
Kline says he will work with the board and staff to take the district to the next level. He said he is not concerned about the district’s recent problems, because he says it has an excellent foundation to build on.
The district continues its legal battle with former superintendent Dr. Susan Kegerise, who has filed a $6 million lawsuit claiming the school board physically intimidated and verbally abused her. The board says it could take 12-15 months until the lawsuit is resolved.
The board also says Kegerise will no longer seek reinstatement pending the outcome of the case. The board agreed to pay her $100,000 as partial compensation for back wages in the event the court rules in her favor.
To receive the money, Kegerise must provide a bond to guarantee the money will be returned to the school district if the court finds in the district’s favor. The district says that has not taken place yet.
Kline says the legal proceedings will not be a distraction.
“I know it’s in the hands of the legal system,” he said. “I plan to lead this district and move it forward.”
Kline said he did not know his official start date.