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Changing of the guard: Stewart recognized by school board at last meeting

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart, retiring in the coming week, was recognized by current and former board members during Monday night’s special meeting at the Central Office in Russell.

Gary Weber is officially the Warren County School District’s next superintendent.

The board approved a motion to appoint Weber to the post for a five-year term during Monday night’s special meeting.

According to a statement from the school board, the district enlisted the services of the Pennsylvania School Board Association “to meticulously identify and assess candidates for the pivotal role of superintendent” and align “the selection process with the district’s overarching vision and goals.”

A total of six candidates applied for the position.

Four of those were interviewed by the board.

“After rigorous evaluation, Mr. Gary Weber emerged as the top choice from the final two contenders,” the board said. “His extensive experience and proven leadership qualities distinguished him, positioning Mr. Weber as the ideal candidate to guide the Warren County School District into a promising future.”

Weber’s work in education started in Maryland before he moved to Warren County in 2002.

He first worked as a social studies teacher at Warren Area High School before principal roles at Eisenhower Middle High School and Beaty-Warren Middle School. He made the move to the central office in 2023 where he first worked as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment before shifting to his current role.

“The Board of Directors is enthusiastic about Mr. Weber’s appointment, expressing confidence that his broad spectrum of experiences and expertise within the district will facilitate a seamless transition,” the board’s statement explains. “Anticipating Mr. Weber’s unique leadership style and creativity, the board believes he will propel the district to new heights.”

“It was rewarding to witness the collaborative efforts of the new board throughout the interview process,” Superintendent Amy Stewart, who is set to retire later this week.

“Selecting a superintendent is a crucial board responsibility,” she said, “setting the tone for their joint efforts to provide the best educational opportunities for all Warren County School District students.

“I extend my best wishes, knowing the district is in excellent hands under Mr. Weber’s leadership.”

Weber and his wife Misty, a WCSD principal, have three children who graduated from county schools. They now also have three grandchildren.

His outside interests include golf, hunting, fishing and time with family.

A formal employment agreement will be presented at a future meeting.

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