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SGASD Board Approves New Superintendent

SGASD Board Approves New Superintendent

Following formal Board approval on Monday, April 8, The Spring Grove Area Board of School Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Joseph A. Bradley as the District’s next superintendent. Dr. Bradley will officially begin on July 1, 2024, but will be employed with the District prior to that date as part of a well-planned transition process.

“I am humbled to step into the role of superintendent at one of the Commonwealth’s premiere School Districts, and I am deeply grateful to the Board,” Dr. Bradley said. “My initial goal is to listen intently to the staff, immerse myself into the culture of Spring Grove, and acknowledge the hard work of the current administration, teachers, and staff while respecting the legacy Dr. Ioannidis created during his esteemed tenure. I will visit the classrooms before the school year ends and engage the administrators to be aware of their needs, aspirations, and points of pride. By being visible throughout the District, I hope to make important, vital, and authentic connections with students, families, and the community,” Bradley added.

“Dr. Bradley brings a diverse range of experiences and genuine passion for education to our District,” Board President Rachel Rohrbaugh expressed. “He has the potential to amplify positivity in Spring Grove. We see him as someone who will collaborate seamlessly with the entire staff and dedicate himself tirelessly to the well-being of our students.”

Dr. Bradley began his career as a teacher, coach, and advisor in the Central Cambria School District. He also has extensive experience as an administrator in special education in cyber schools and in principal positions in South Fayette Township and North Star School Districts. Dr. Bradley served as the superintendent of schools in the Connellsville Area School District, with 4200 students, and at the Purchase Line School District, with 900 students. He earned bachelor's degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His master’s degree was earned at Duquesne University, his superintendent’s letter of eligibility at Gannon University, and his doctorate from Point Park University.

“Communicating and engaging consistently with the Board is important to gaining a common understanding of the challenges facing the District, and to give the Board complete confidence in my abilities. The ‘team of 10’ partnership requires honesty, transparency, and trust…all of which I must work daily to earn not only from the Board but also from the entire community,” Bradley commented. “Society as a whole and the educational community, more specifically, has faced many challenges over the last few years. These challenges include but are not limited to unfunded mandates, the pressure-cooker environment faced by our overstretched staff, COVID-era learning loss, the negative impact of social media, and the influence of dysfunctional national politics handcuffing our dedicated local boards.  “Navigating those challenges has helped districts such as Spring Grove Area evolve in a positive manner, and facing those same challenges has helped me personally evolve as a much more empathetic, tested, and understanding colleague.”

“What excites me is interacting with the students of Spring Grove while seizing the opportunity to collaborate with all stakeholders to define the next chapter of Spring Grove Area’s Learning Without Limits. A process that will enhance the learning capacity of every child, eliminate barriers, and take a renewed look at the entire educational model across the entire district. That collaboration starts with teachers who deserve to be heard, respected, and valued. I look forward to meeting with the teachers and the union immediately.” Bradley concluded.

“The Board expresses gratitude to Dr. Ioannidis for his exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to our District. As he embarks on the next chapter of his journey, we wish him nothing but the best.” Rohrbaugh concluded.