State College superintendent arrested for DUI, resigns

Caption: Newly appointed State College Area School District Superintendent Dr. Richard J. Mextorf speaks during a press conference in the South building of State College Area High School on Friday, April 3, 2009. CDT/Melissa Doss

Mextorf gets fine, house arrest after pleading guilty to DUI

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Former State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DUI and was sentenced to 15 days of in-home detention.

Mextorf, 48, was arrested on Nov. 18, 2010, in Clinton County and charged with DUI and careless driving. The arrest occurred on a weekday morning, and police said Mextorf’s blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit for driving. He resigned as State College schools superintendent 16 days later.

Under the sentence imposed by Clinton County Judge Craig Miller, Mextorf will wear a monitoring device on his ankle during his 15 days home confinement. That will be followed by a 6-month parole period during which he is forbidden to consume alcohol or enter a liquor store or beer distributorship.

He also was fined $1,000 and his driver’s license was suspended for one year.

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Mextorf gets new position

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Almost five months after he resigned following his arrest on DUI charges, the former superintendent of the State College Area School District was hired to lead another district.

“That was the only time that anything like that had happened to him,” said Bob Montgomery, president of the Grove City Area school board in Mercer County, which voted unanimously Monday to make Richard Mextorf their next superintendent.

“I know myself, I am not perfect. I don’t imagine that you are, and we all make mistakes,” Montgomery said. “The only thing is some of us get caught and some of us don’t. And I would not hold one mistake against any individual.”

Mextorf’s annual salary will be $127,000, almost $30,000 less than his $154,747 salary in State College. Grove City Superintendent Robert Post, who plans to retire, earns $130,937.

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Mextorf’s tenure full of high, lows

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

SUNDAY, DEC. 26, 2010

BY ED MAHON

When Rich Mextorf applied for the top job in the State College Area School District, he laid out a number of reforms he felt State College, and all districts, needed to pursue.

“The next leader of the district will need to maintain a delicate balance between upholding traditions that led to past achievement and embracing changes necessary to facilitate excellence in the 21st century,” he wrote in his December 2008 application. “In summary, the next leader will need to be a visionary, an excellent communicator, and an adroit agent of change.”

After Mextorf was arrested on drunken driving charges in November — with an alleged blood alcohol level four times the legal limit — school board members and he agreed he should resign. From all appearances, that arrest cost Mextorf his job.

But when it comes to the future of the district, board members have not indicated they want a drastic change in direction. They said they’re conducting a national search and that the challenges Mextorf outlined in his 2008 application are the same ones the next superintendent will face.

“He did bring the fresh eyes that we were looking for,” board member Dorothea Stahl said of Mextorf.

Mextorf’s tenure as superintendent lasted just 17 months. Still, Mextorf — who began his career as a music teacher in the 1980s — made progress on some of the reforms he outlined, with the overall goal of creating an education system that he had described as being “customized for individual learners.”

While he was superintendent, the district restructured the administration of the high school, added a math course for high school students at risk of falling behind, and tweaked the summer school programs to make them feel more like camp and less like punishment.

“If you look at all three of those, it’s focused on the student,” said board member Chris Small.

But many of the changes Mextorf began are incomplete or in progress. Most notably, in the fall, teachers and administrators began the process of deciding what is needed in a new high school building. That process isn’t scheduled to be complete until the summer.

Read more: Mextorf’s tenure full of highs, lows.

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State College board accepts Mextorf’s resignation

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

By ED MAHON

STATE COLLEGE — School board members formally accepted the resignation of Richard Mextorf, who was arrested less than three weeks ago for allegedly driving drunk, as superintendent.

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State College Area School District: Mextorf resigns after DUI charge.

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

BY ED MAHON

State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf resigned Saturday morning, following a DUI arrest that became public last week.

“I am so sorry to have fallen short, and for letting everyone down in such dramatic fashion,” Mextorf wrote in a statement, in which he also thanked school board and community members for giving him the chance to work in the district. “I am unsure what the future will hold. At the present time, I am working with my support systems and focusing on getting better.”

Mextorf’s resignation came more than two weeks after his arrest in Clinton County, and after some community members had called for his resignation. He said the decision was a mutual one agreed to by all parties.

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Police: Tests show Mextorf’s blood-alcohol level was .316.

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

By Sara Ganim and Ed Mahon

MILL HALL — Police said State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf had a blood alcohol content of .316 when he was pulled over by state police in Clinton County just before 8 a.m. Nov. 18

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Mextorf on leave after DUI charge

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

BY ED MAHON

State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf has been charged with DUI as a result of a traffic stop in Clinton County on Thursday, Nov. 18.

“I am embarrassed and ashamed, but I intend to be accountable for my actions,” Mextorf wrote in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon, after state police at Lamar made the information public.

According to the report issued by state police, Mextorf, 48, of Patton Township, was driving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee at about 7:58 a.m. on state Route 64 near Stover’s Sub Shop in Porter Township when a trooper pulled him over for a traffic violation.

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State College inquiry focuses on Mextorf

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

BY ED MAHON

The State College Area school board is investigating a “personnel matter” involving Superintendent Richard Mextorf, whose duties Monday were being carried out by Assistant Superintendent Mike Hardy.

Mextorf has not been working for about a week, and was not present at a school board meeting Nov. 22. Hardy and district spokeswoman Julie Miller would not say whether Mextorf is on paid or unpaid leave.

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