By Mary Spicer

Meadville Tribune

SAEGERTOWN — When the end of the workday rolls around on June 30, 2010, Richard Borchilo will officially be free to embark on the next phase of his 42-years-and-counting career. That’s the retirement date PENNCREST School Board has approved for Borchilo, who has served as the district’s superintendent since July 1, 2004.

“At this time, there’s no specific plan for selecting my replacement,” Borchilo said following the board’s monthly meeting Thursday night.

The board is now considering its options; following a meeting with the district’s attorney, Ted Watts Sr., an announcement may be forthcoming early in 2010, according to board president Chad Templin. Templin was selected to head the board during its annual reorganization meeting earlier this week; Harold Shorts was named vice president.

“I usually make a job change every five to six years,” the 63-year-old Borchilo said, noting that he has no intention of simply sitting back and, well, retiring. “I’m weighing my options,” he said with a chuckle, hinting that one of those options may be teaching at the college level.

Now in his sixth year as superintendent, Borchilo succeeded Ron Reyer following his June 30, 2004, retirement. When he stepped up to superintendent, Borchilo had served five years as the district’s personnel supervisor, a position he took after serving five years as the district’s supervisor of secondary education. While in both supervisory positions, he was also the district’s supervisor of special education.

Borchilo came to PENNCREST from the Ringgold School District, where he was a biology and science teacher before moving into administration. At Ringgold, he served as assistant principal at both junior and senior high school levels before becoming a middle-school principal.

During the process that led to Borchilo’s selection, the board made use of recruitment services provided by Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5, which provides a variety of services for all 17 school districts in Crawford, Erie and Warren counties. The opening was also posted internally within the district.

Two applications from inside the district and nine from outside were considered. Both inside applicants, Borchilo and then-Cambridge Springs Elementary School Principal Connie Youngblood, were interviewed by the board, as was one outside applicant.

On March 11, 2004, the night Borchilo was named the district’s new superintendent, the school board also created a new position, assistant superintendent for personnel, and immediately selected Youngblood to fill it, a position she still holds.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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