Superintendent Paladina staying with Philipsburg-Osceola

It’s official. Philipsburg-Osceola is not getting a new superintendent.

Gregg Paladina reported earlier this week that he would not be moving to Punxsutawney to take over the administration of that school district as he had previously announced.

Instead, he said, he would stay put and take a contract extension at P-O.

The school board held a special meeting Friday to make that happen.

First, they made an addendum to Paladina’s existing contract, fixing what the superintendent called an error in his last extension. He said the district’s attorneys had recently said that previous extension was done “illegally,” and the contract needed to be corrected.

That move happened with yes votes from all eight board members in attendance.

The new contract extension, which will run from July through June 2021, did not. Board member Robert Massung opposed the motion.

Under the new contract, Paladina will receive $127,000 a year and is eligible for 3 percent increases with his annual review.

“I’m very happy,” said board member Susan McGee. “We’ve moved forward. We continue to move forward.”

McGee said the district has advanced both academically and in terms of the physical plant under Paladina’s leadership.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce