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Friday, August 29, 2008

Coudersport Area School Names New Super

BREAKING NEWS
Coudersport Area School District has a new superintendent.

Richard F. Toner

He is Richard F. Toner, who is leaving his position as superintendent in the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District in Somerset County to accept the Coudersport appointment.

Toner's hiring was approved by the Coudersport Area Board of Education this week. No terms were disclosed.

He succeeds George A. Nuffer III, who is retiring after five-plus years as superintendent. Toner will begin his service on Sept. 22.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and earned his masters degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.

He and his wife Donna will be relocating to the Coudersport area soon.

At Turkeyfoot, the third smallest school district in Pennsylvania -- Austin is the smallest -- Toner adopted a motto of, “Excellent and Proud of It.”

"It is my belief that education changes lives," he said. "Each student is very important, and it is up to the teachers, parents, administrators, staff, and the community to do all they can to create a safe, nurturing, intellectually stimulating environment."

The new superintendent prides himself on an open-door policy for students, parents, teachers and the community.

Anonymous said...

There is still a lot more that needs to be done with the school district before we can start rebounding and improving the kid's education. Step 1 of about 4 is done now.

Anonymous said...

I agree, ALOT more needs to be done! First, the entire community needs to stop glorifying sports and start pushing academics! All the community cares about is our sports teams...especially football. The only kids that seem to matter in our high school are the athletes, especially ones "with a name". What about the fact that we are BELOW state average in school ratings? I know a family whose daughter was a straight A student, they just moved to Atlanta, and she has to go to summer school because Coudersport is so far behind academically. I really hope our new superintendant changes the tide in Coudersport. We desparately need it!

Anonymous said...

Glorifying Sports? Especially ones with a name?? Please.....!!! That statement sounds a bit more like sour grapes than anything else. I know nothing of the "ratings system" you mention and dont much care. Students ARE in school to learn, but the mentatllity that we are a "sports crazed" community is a bit far fetched. CHS along with the other local schools still continues to graduate at a high level and still sends the majority of their graduates off to a secondary education at places which range from State Universities to Ivy League institutuions. Bash all you want, but our kids are lucky to be as well rounded as they are and sports programs along with band and other extra curricular activities are options that not every student across the state or country is afforded the option to participate in. Go Falcons and all the other local sports programs in the Northern Tier! If you're a hater, simply stay home!

Anonymous said...

Let me guess....you have a child/children who play sports, and probably are good at it. What about all of the kids who sit the bench the entire season, because "we must win"?? And no, I do not have any kids in sports. As for other extracurricular activities....several of our kids have quit band because they have to be at sports practice. I'm not a hater, but YES, this is a sports-crazed community.

Joe Gerhart said...

Wow, what a silly disagreement.

First off, I am a graduate of Coudersport and have when on to finish my secondary education at Mansfield University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Sports Crazed Community: Well if you call hometown pride and getting excited about a friday night football game then guess what. I am a sports crazed fan.

I had the luxury of recieving my education from Coudersport and also enjoyed being involved with our wonderful extra curricular activities (Football, Track, Pennsylvania Peer Helpers, FFA, Drama Club and carried at 96% average throughout high school). So I understand a little about this subject.

If it were not for these extra curricular activites, my education would have been worthless. It is up to each individual student to make the best of thier education. It is my prayer that we can get more people in our school that aspire students to reach their greatest potential, such as our recently retired teachers (Mr. Brown and Mr. Simcoe).

Just my thoughts,

Joe Gerhart

Anonymous said...

All the best to you--hope it all works out well and you find what you are looking for in a superintendant. Just be advised people are not always what they seem and what may start out too good to be true usually is.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

There is still a lot more that needs to be done with the school district before we can start rebounding and improving the kid's education. Step 1 of about 4 is done now.

Anonymous said...

I agree, ALOT more needs to be done! First, the entire community needs to stop glorifying sports and start pushing academics! All the community cares about is our sports teams...especially football. The only kids that seem to matter in our high school are the athletes, especially ones "with a name". What about the fact that we are BELOW state average in school ratings? I know a family whose daughter was a straight A student, they just moved to Atlanta, and she has to go to summer school because Coudersport is so far behind academically. I really hope our new superintendant changes the tide in Coudersport. We desparately need it!

Anonymous said...

Glorifying Sports? Especially ones with a name?? Please.....!!! That statement sounds a bit more like sour grapes than anything else. I know nothing of the "ratings system" you mention and dont much care. Students ARE in school to learn, but the mentatllity that we are a "sports crazed" community is a bit far fetched. CHS along with the other local schools still continues to graduate at a high level and still sends the majority of their graduates off to a secondary education at places which range from State Universities to Ivy League institutuions. Bash all you want, but our kids are lucky to be as well rounded as they are and sports programs along with band and other extra curricular activities are options that not every student across the state or country is afforded the option to participate in. Go Falcons and all the other local sports programs in the Northern Tier! If you're a hater, simply stay home!

Anonymous said...

Let me guess....you have a child/children who play sports, and probably are good at it. What about all of the kids who sit the bench the entire season, because "we must win"?? And no, I do not have any kids in sports. As for other extracurricular activities....several of our kids have quit band because they have to be at sports practice. I'm not a hater, but YES, this is a sports-crazed community.

Joe Gerhart said...

Wow, what a silly disagreement.

First off, I am a graduate of Coudersport and have when on to finish my secondary education at Mansfield University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Sports Crazed Community: Well if you call hometown pride and getting excited about a friday night football game then guess what. I am a sports crazed fan.

I had the luxury of recieving my education from Coudersport and also enjoyed being involved with our wonderful extra curricular activities (Football, Track, Pennsylvania Peer Helpers, FFA, Drama Club and carried at 96% average throughout high school). So I understand a little about this subject.

If it were not for these extra curricular activites, my education would have been worthless. It is up to each individual student to make the best of thier education. It is my prayer that we can get more people in our school that aspire students to reach their greatest potential, such as our recently retired teachers (Mr. Brown and Mr. Simcoe).

Just my thoughts,

Joe Gerhart

Anonymous said...

All the best to you--hope it all works out well and you find what you are looking for in a superintendant. Just be advised people are not always what they seem and what may start out too good to be true usually is.

Anonymous said...

At Turkeyfoot, the third smallest school district in Pennsylvania -- Austin is the smallest -- Toner adopted a motto of, “Excellent and Proud of It.”


Be advised that while Ric Toner may have "adopted" this motto he certainly did not come up with it. That was the motto of TF long before Toner arrived. Beware of people that like to take credit for things they did not actually do.

As far as an open door policy that will hold true so long as you do not disagree with him. If you do disagree...WATCH OUT!!!!!!

I wish you all the best of luck.

Anonymous said...

He didn't last long at CHS did he!