- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Shenango Township man has been named as superintendent for the Mohawk Area School District.

Michael Leitera, 44, was hired at a special meeting on Monday by a 7-2 vote of the school board.

Board members Eugene Butch and Jonathan Laughner, who cast the no votes, said they were not voting against Leitera, but casting their support to Lorree Houk, assistant to the superintendent, who was also under consideration for the post.

“I feel Lorree was the best candidate for the job,” Butch said following the meeting. “But I will do all that I can now to work with Mike Leitera.”

“We had two good candidates, each had different expertise and experience,” Laughner said. “I’m not against (Leitera), but Lorree lived in the district and was part of the community.”

Leitera has been superintendent of South Butler County School District since January 2011. Previously, he served as principal at Riverside High School for six years and taught social studies for nine years in the Seneca Valley School District.

A graduate of Slippery Rock University, he earned his master’s degree at Youngstown State University, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree, which he anticipates completing in the next two years.

He lives in Shenango township with his wife and three sons, ages 10, 9 and 5.

He replaces Dr. Hendley D. Hoge, named on June 29 as interim superintendent to replace Dr. Kathleen Kwolek, who resigned effective June 30. Kwolek had been superintendent since 2010.

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