Galeton board names new superintendent
Dr. Brenda Freeman of Mansfield will start work as Galeton Area School Superintendent next week following her hiring by the school board last week. She received unanimous approval to succeed David Wishard.
Freeman is a 1981 graduate of Galeton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from
Mansfield University in 1996 and, in 2008, obtained a doctorate in leadership from Andrews
College, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Michigan.
Most recently, she has served as head of curriculum with the Southern Tioga School District.
Wishard announced his retirement in August after a rocky tenure with the district. He will continue to be paid through the rest of the year, based on unused benefit time, but his service concludes this weekend.
Community outcry over a $1.6 million school renovation and energy savings package that
Wishard had spearheaded with school board consent earlier this year became a source of community controversy and the plan was eventually tabled for further study.
After Wishard submitted his resignation, the district worked with Intermediate Unit 9 to recruit his successor.
Among items on Freeman’s plate will be revision to the district’s strategic plan, which will include implementation of graduation requirements.
In other business last week, Teri Batterson was welcomed as the latest board member. She was chosen by the board to complete the unexpired term of a member who resigned.
(Editor’s Note: Morgan Petrencsik, a junior at Galeton Area High School, provided some of the information for this article as part of a school journalism project.)