WALLENPAUPACK - Keith Gunuskey, principal of Wallenpaupack Area Middle School, has been named Assistant Superintendent, effective September 1, 2017. He will succeed Dr. Joann Hudak, who has announced her retirement following the 2016-2017 school year.

The School Board unanimously approved his appointment, Feb. 13.

“I’m very excited, and humbled as well,” Gunuskey said, following the meeting. Before adjournment, he thanked the school board and noted in his 19 years with the school district he has been blessed to work with “four wonderful assistant superintendents.”

Gunuskey will be working with Dr. Hudak over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. Wallenpaupack Area School District pared down from two assistant superintendents in a  cost-saving move, after Dr. Lorraine Kloss retired following the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

The Honesdale resident started at Wallenpaupack at the high school, when Dr. Hudak was principal. Gunuskey then served as assistant principal at the Middle School for seven years, and has been principal for eight.

Superintendent Michael Silsby said they were fortunate to have very qualified candidates already on board; interviews were done in-house. Gunuskey will serve a five-year term.

Candidates are being interviewed for the open position of principal at the Middle School; the board is expected to take the matter up at the March meeting.
One of the initiatives Gunuskey started while in Wallenpaupack middle school administration, is to take fellow Wallenpaupack administrators on a “field trip” each summer to Dyberry Day Camp, north of Honesdale. The administrators bring a McDonald’s lunch for the special needs campers. They have been doing this about nine years. Gunuskey worked as a counselor at Dyberry Day Camp for 12 years.

He worked as a Special Education teacher while at the high school.