The search for a new Greencastle-Antrim School District superintendent that began nearly a year ago when Dr. C. Gregory Hoover announced his retirement ended Thursday night with the appointment of Dr. Kendra Trail.
Hoover, a nearly 40-year veteran of the district, coincidentally was Trail’s mentor when she was a new superintendent in the Southern Fulton School District.
The 48-year-old Hancock, Maryland, resident comes to G-A with a resume that includes teaching first grade, fifth grade and gifted students and serving as an elementary math specialist in Washington County, Maryland, (1994-2002) and serving as curriculum director and elementary principal then superintendent in Southern Fulton (2007-2012). Her bachelor’s degree (1993) in elementary/early childhood education and her master’s in administration (1999) are from Frostburg University, her letter of eligibility to be a superintendent is from Shippensburg University (2008) and her doctorate in educational leadership is from Widener University (2013).
She has been executive director of the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit which serves Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Juniata counties for two years.
The unanimous vote selecting Trail was the third time the board tried to hire a new superintendent and several board members indicated it was worth the wait. The first candidate lined up bowed out in July due to relocation issues and the second withdrew early this year after back and forth about a contract.
Trail was hired with starting salary of $135,000 and a five-year contract. She expects to fill out her duties with the Tuscarora IU then join G-A in early May. Her husband, Ronnie, and mother and stepfather, Mary Lou and Don Houck were on hand for her appointment. Trail and her husband also are the parents of 29-year-old twins, Jaret Trail of Sharpsburg and Jenae Parkolay of Hancock.
Trail’s name was brought to the board by Jolinda “JC” Wilson, the district’s chief financial officer who has been serving as interim superintendent. Wilson previously worked in the Central Fulton District and knew Trail from Southern Fulton.
Trail turned the district down the first time she was contacted in November, but agreed to talk when board President Jim Winslow reached out a second time in January.
“It fit from the beginning,” said Winslow.
“God had you anointed for this time for us,” board member Brian Hissong told Trail.
“I wasn’t looking to leave, but I didn’t need to be convinced,” Trail said after Thursday’s meeting. “I’ve heard nothing but amazing, positive remarks about this district.”
She said she looks forward to working with the board, administration, staff and students to build on the district’s success. She noted she has missed frequent interaction with students while working with the IU.