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EA Principal Moves to New Position

School board sets date to name replacement for Region 5 director

By Kristen Keleschenyi
The Tube City Almanac
January 24, 2022
Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

After 18 years of serving as an elementary school principal within the East Allegheny School District, Sean Gildea has been named the new director of education.

Along with coordinating a comprehensive overview of the school’s curriculum, this new position will be dedicated to curriculum development and implementation, professional development and assessment, school officials said.

The school board voted unanimously to promote Gildea at the January school board meeting.

Gildea’s career at East Allegheny began back in 2004 when he was appointed K-2 principal at Green Valley Primary School.

Changes during his tenure have included the temporary move of kindergarten and preschool to the high school building as part of the Early Learning Center (from 2008 to 2011), the closing of Green Valley at the end of the 2014–15 school year and the incorporation of kindergarten through sixth grade into the current Logan Elementary School.

Gildea posted a video on social media to alert district families to the change in his responsibilities which could happen within the upcoming weeks as soon as a new principal is hired.

“Along the way there were many challenges obviously, not everything ran as we planned or the way we wished it for but the vast majority of the time I spent in this position was filled with excitement, wonder and gratification,” said Gildea, who also thanked students, staff and parents for their support over the years.

Cathy Maloney is a kindergarten teacher at Logan Elementary School who has worked with Gildea throughout his tenure as an EA principal. She said she’s hopeful about having a curriculum that’s aligned from kindergarten through 12th grade.

“Mr. Gildea’s longevity in the district — his understanding of the students’ needs and strengths of the teacher — will enable him to be successful in his new role,” Maloney said.

In other district news, a special school board of directors meeting will be held Feb. 7, starting with a 6 p.m. executive session, followed by a committee meeting at 7 p.m., to appoint new school director for the Region 5 seat. The board accepted the resignation of Michael Paradine effective Dec. 7. Paradine had served on the school board since 2015.

Originally published January 24, 2022.

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