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KENNETT SQUARE — When it came time for the Kennett Consolidated School Board to discuss extending Superintendent Barry Tomasetti’s contract, there was no question as to whether they wanted him.
Actually, there wasn’t even a question for how long.
According to the law, a contract extension for a superintendent can only be for either three, four or five years and the board chose to bring Tomasetti back for another five.
“Tonight, we are pleased to present the superintendent’s contract for renewal,” said board President Heather Schaen at the board meeting Jan. 12. “Our board unanimously decided on a five-year contract for Dr. Tomasetti. We came to that decision based on our trust in Dr. Tomasetti and his outstanding leadership and dedication to our district. Our district has progressed and grown under his leadership, even under some of the most financially challenging times.”
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Tomasetti picked up the reins in Kennett in 2010 to fill the hole left by former superintendent Rudy Karkosak after serving 10 years at the Mifflinburg district.
He took over during some troubling times in the Kennett district with a tightening budget, increased testing and record snowfalls, but he battled through it all.
“I have a tremendous respect for Barry for the leadership he’s brought to this district,” said board member Aline Frank during the meeting.
Even with a busy family life, Tomasetti finds time to devote to the district and the students in it.
“It blows me away to see how many activities (and) how many after-hours events (you attend),” board member Joseph Meola said to Tomasetti. “To see (when) you’re not home, you’re at this game or that or you’re doing this or doing that, and you don’t do it because you really have to — you have fun doing it. A lot of people see that. I’m glad to have you another five years. You’ll do great work.”
The new contract, which was approved unanimously, will kick in Jan. 27 and run until Jan. 26, 2020.
“I’m honored to have a new contract,” Tomasetti said. “It’s a pleasure to serve.”