2012-04-26 / Front Page

Forbes Road Names New Superintendent

Mark Loucks hired to replace Foster
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

During a special board meeting last Monday evening, the Forbes Road School District’s Board of Directors hired Mark Loucks as its new superintendent to replace Fred Foster, who is leaving the district this month. The board vote in favor of Loucks, who was hired at a salary of $83,000, was unanimous. Loucks, 42, was offered a three-year contract.

Originally from Blair County, Loucks is currently employed as the elementary principal at Claysburg Kimmel Elementary School in Blair County.

Loucks graduated from Towson University in Maryland, where he played both football and baseball. His first teaching assignment was at Central High School in Martinsburg, Pa., in 1995, where he served as a social studies teacher, dean of students and assistant principal. In 2004, he went to Juniata Valley as the high school principal and left there in 2008 to become the elementary principal at Claysburg-Kimmel.

The Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School has an enrollment of approximately 475 students, very close to the same enrollment as the Forbes Road School District.

Loucks said that although his contract here will begin July 1, 2012, he intends to begin transitioning part-time into the position on May 21.

He received his principal’s certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree in education as well as his superintendent’s certification from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

Loucks said he looks forward to his new position at Forbes Road and said, “I am so impressed by the community and how they support the school. The board has been fantastic.” He said he has no immediate plans to make any big changes. “Right now, I’m just trying to be a sponge and to soak it all in and learn everything about Forbes Road that I need to know.”

Loucks and his wife, Lori, are the parents of three children, Joshua, 14, Adam, 3, and Lydia, 1. They reside in East Freedom, Pa.

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