February 23, 2022
Clairton City School District will have new leadership for the 2022-2023 School Year- Dr. Tamara Allen-Thomas will serve as Superintendent of Schools and Tom McCloskey will serve as Assistant Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent.
Tonight at the Legislative Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Clairton City School District appointed Dr. Tamara Allen-Thomas as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. Chosen from a field of 21 applicants, the Board unanimously approved the hiring of Dr Allen-Thomas to a five-year term. Dr. Allen-Thomas will serve as the first African-American woman Superintendent at Clairton City School District.
Regarding the appointment, Board President Roger Tachoir said:
“On behalf of the board of directors of the Clairton City School District I would like to welcome Dr. Tamara Allen-Thomas as our next superintendent. In light of the extensive search process that we have conducted with the help of Dr. Pat O’Toole and Dr. Joe Clapper, we are excited to have Dr. Allen-Thomas join us. We are looking forward to a smooth transition in continuing with the many initiatives and relationships started by our retiring superintendent, Dr. Ginny Hunt. Dr. Hunt has eagerly expressed the desire to make this transition as successful as possible. It is with great pleasure that I welcome Dr. Tamara Allen-Thomas as the newest member of our Clairton Bear family.”
Regarding her appointment, Dr. Allen-Thomas said,
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Clairton City School District. I look forward to providing the district’s scholars with a firm educational foundation that will allow them to reach their highest potential. I look forward to building strong collaborative relationships with students, families, staff, administration, board, and community to ensure that our scholars are given every opportunity to become leaders TODAY.”
Dr. Allen-Thomas is presently the Principal/Chief Academic Officer at Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship. In that role since 2012, she has been responsible for the school’s academic leadership, including programming, compliance, personnel, and employee professional growth. Previously, she served the Pittsburgh Public Schools as an Instructional Leader, Co-Principal, and Curriculum Supervisor.
A graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Dr. Allen-Thomas went on to earn advanced degrees at Carnegie Mellon University (M.S.) and Point Park University (Ed.D.). Dr. Allen-Thomas grew up in East Liberty Pennsylvania and Los Angeles California. She currently resides in Churchill PA. with her loving husband Charles, her son 9th grader Isaac, and her daughter 6th grader Faith. In addition to her husband and children, Dr. Allen-Thomas was accompanied to the Legislative Meeting by her biggest cheerleader, her mother Karla.
The Clairton City School District has been led by superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt since 2013. She will be retiring in June after successfully serving the district for 10 years and a career in education of 42 years in Texas and Pennsylvania.
At the same meeting, Clairton Assistant Superintendent Tom McCloskey added Deputy to his title. His new title Assistant Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent represents the key role McCloskey, who has worked in the district since 1995, will perform in the leadership transition. McCloskey is a graduate of Clairton High School and Penn State University. He has been with the district for 27 years. During that time, he has served as a paraprofessional, English teacher, Dean of Students, High School and Alternative Education Principal and currently serves as assistant superintendent for cyber, special education and the health and safety program. With this new title McCloskey will become the first Clairton graduate to achieve this administrative level within the district. McCloskey and his wife Kelly reside in Elizabeth PA. He is the proud father of two sons and one daughter.
Board President Roger Tachoir and Past-President Richard Livingston spearheaded the search along with the full Board and help from the consulting firm, School Assist Consulting, which includes two former Allegheny County school superintendents, Dr. Patrick O’Toole and Dr. Joseph Clapper. Also assisting were staff leaders from various constituencies in the district.