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Message from the Superintendent

Thank you for visiting the superintendent’s page for Union School District! We are excited that you are utilizing our digital space to become more informed about our school system and that you want to be an active member of our school community. It is our goal to build a collaborative environment in which each student is recognized as a valuable member of the community who deserves the time and resources dedicated to their future success. As stated in the old Igbo and Yourba African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, we believe the same is true for educating our youth. With the support of our families and community members working with our dedicated educational staff, we can effect positive change in the lives of our students to promote productive futures. Thank you for being a positive part of our “village”.


Welcome to the superintendent’s page for Union School District. As your district superintendent I am excited to serve our small but strong community by helping to provide positive educational experiences and support to our children. Being a native of Clarion County, I grew up just north of our district boundary near Reidsburg. Upon graduating from Clarion Area High School in 1997, I attended Clarion University where I received my BSE in science education. After teaching for two years at Walkersville High School in Maryland, I was hired to teach science courses here at Union High School. During the four years in which I was here, I felt like a valued member of our staff and community which is why I wanted to return later as an administrator. After six years as a principal at Jeff Tech and five years as the principal at Clarion Area High School, I was able to return to Union School District in 2019 as your superintendent. It is with great pride and pleasure that I have the opportunity to serve our community as we work together in promoting our great traditions while also making positive changes for the benefit of our students.


Dr. John Kimmel, Superintendent

Union School District
Title IX Coordinator
Safety Compliance Officer
Safe To Say Coordinator
Health and Safety Coordinator
Homeless Liaison
Foster Parent Liaison

2021-2022 Superintendent Objective Performance Standards - Outcomes
  1. Coordinate and implement procedures which facilitate improved supervision, evaluation, and mentoring of staff with the purpose of maximizing overall program/staff effectiveness and alignment with district goals. - Accomplished
  2. Focus upon operating in a fiscally responsible manner and communicate the financial status of the district in an effective manner. - Accomplished
  3. Effectively assist in the contractual negotiation process by sharing accurate and factual
    information as is requested by the board of directors. - Accomplished

2020-2021 Superintendent Objective Performance Standards - Outcomes

  1. Superintendent shall mentor and evaluate administrators to meet objective goals
    1. Administrator A – Accomplished
    2. Administrator B – Not Accomplished
    3. Administrator C – Accomplished
  2. To start the 2020-2021 school year, there has been a tremendous potential for increased enrollment in private cyber / charter school programs. The superintendent will develop and implement a plan to reduce the overall enrollment of students in private cyber / charter school programs. - Accomplished
  3. The superintendent will implement procedures which encourage building relationships with stakeholder groups to provide for a collaborative approach to school governance. – Accomplished
  4. The superintendent will provide for continued focus upon development and alignment of curriculum for the 2020-2021 school year. - Accomplished

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