The American Association of School Administrators– the national organization for school district superintendents– says the mean tenure for a superintendent is five to six years.
Nobody told Steve Switzer. The superintendent of the Pettisville School District for 38 years, he has been at the helm of Pettisville since 1982. That’s when Ronald Reagan was in his first term as President, well before the members of the latest PHS graduating class were born.
As do all leaders, Switzer has his detractors, but all must admit he has had a huge impact on the Pettisville Schools.
During his time in office, Pettisville schools have benefited from two major building programs– one of which, an almost-$2 million project, was done without taxpayer dollars.
He successfully lobbied state legislators to change state law that effectively allowed Pettisville to build its new school with mostly state money, rather than having to pass a much-larger local bond issue.
He has been active in his field on the state level, and Pettisville has benefited from his participation.
In the school culture he helped create, Pettisville students have racked up remarkable achievements in academics, athletics, and other areas.
His calm, smiling demeanor and consistent leadership will certainly be missed, but he has earned his time off.
Good luck, Steve.