Ridgway superintendent resigns

The Ridgway Area School District held a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Tom Butler.The board voted unanimously in favor of accepting Butler's resignation after discussing the matter in a 45-minute executive session."I humbly submit my resignation as superintendent of schools of the Ridgway Area School District effective Aug. 8, 2011," Butler wrote in a letter submitted to the board. "This decision has been heart-wrenching for me and my family in many ways, but I am confident the school district is on the right course and I am equally confident that the path towards excellence is maintained."Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve the students and community of the Ridgway Area School District."Butler accepted a position as superintendent at the Penn-Trafford Årea School District in Harrison City.The school board voted in favor of approving an Intermediate Unit [IU] Nine search for Butler's replacement and set a tentative timeline for the hiring process. Applications will be returned to the IU by June 30 and will be returned to the school district by July 7. A special meeting to review the applications will be held on July 7 and initial interviews will start July 18.