Musselman is finalist for Midd-West superintendent

From staff reports

MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West School District Board of Directors on Wednesday announced its selection of Richard J. Musselman as the finalist in its search for superintendent of schools.

Musselman, who lives in Thompsontown with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, currently serves as superintendent of the Juniata County School District. He has been serving there since 2011.

“The board as a whole is very pleased with Mr. Musselman’s expertise and credentials and believe he is the best candidate to lead our district forward,” Victor Abate, MWSD board president, said in a Wednesday press release.

The document was released Wednesday afternoon by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which was hired by the board in January to conduct the search.

According to the release, Musselman was one of 16 candidates who applied for the vacancy after former superintendent Wesley Knapp resigned last fall.

“Overall, the board was very pleased with the candidate pool,” Abate said in the release. “We received 16 applications from highly qualified individuals, the majority of whom had experience as a superintendent.”

In March and April, the CCIU conducted community focus groups to further narrow the pool of candidates. From six semifinalists, the school board of directors placed its final focus on Musselman.

A “Meet the Candidate” forum to introduce Musselman is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Midd-West High School. The board is set to vote on the appointment during a meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at Middleburg Elementary School.

For Musselman, whose contract with Juniata County expires in June, the move is both a challenge and an opportunity to lead another district in a positive direction. He said Midd-West always has set a standard for academics and infrastructure that Juniata pursued.

“We believe, from the candidates, Mr. Musselman is the best person to move our district forward and we are looking forward to working with him for many years to come,” Abate said.