Abington Heights High School principal leaving for job at Mountain View School District

Nov. 20—A longtime principal at Abington Heights High School accepted a position as director of curriculum and instruction with the Mountain View School District in Kingsley.

Andrew Snyder served as high school principal for seven years and previously served as assistant principal for 10 years. He will begin his new position with Mountain View on Jan. 13.

Snyder, 44, of Newton Twp., said he loved his time at Abington Heights. The new position will allow him to be more involved in developing curriculum, his true passion.

"I really wanted to put my entire focus and energy toward curriculum and instruction," Snyder said. "That is education at its foundation. You get to really impact the education of all students."

The Mountain View School Board approved Snyder's hiring Nov. 14 at a salary of $94,000. His salary at Abington Heights was $111,000, he said.

The Abington Heights School Board accepted Snyder's resignation on Wednesday. It has not yet finalized plans for seeking his replacement, said board Vice President Rod Azar.

"Andy has been an incredibly impactful principal for our students," Azar said. "We are very sorry to see him go, but happy he got this opportunity."

Board President Warren Acker said he also is sorry to see Snyder leave.

"He did a great job, but it's wonderful for him to move on and take on this new challenge," Acker said

Snyder is the second Abington Heights principal to take a position at Mountain View. Patrick McGarry, assistant middle school principal, was recently hired as the elementary school principal at Mountain View.

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