With little warning, and no mention on the agenda, the Spring-Ford School Board voted 8-1 Monday night to halt its search for a new superintendent and negotiate a contract with the man doing the job right now.
School Board President Colleen Zasowski immediately agreed and seconded the motion which, as it turns out, is required by law not to hire Rizzo, but to direct the solicitor to draw up a contract for a board vote.
Rizzo was hired in June, 2019 as the district's assistant superintendent.
After his boss, former Superintendent David Goodin, announced in December that he was resigning to take a job in North Carolina, the board moved Rizzo to the position of "Acting Superintendent" in February.
In the wake of Goodin's departure, the school board had engaged the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit to undertake a search for a new superintendent.
But Zasowski noted that board members had not been responsive to the IU's requests for information and said she saw no reason to waste the board's time, and the IU's time looking for a new superintendent when such a good candidate is right in front of them.
"I think Mr. Rizzo has had an on-the-job interview," she said. "Why are we continuing to go down that rabbit hole, and going through that, when we have someone that stepped up during a crisis?"
Board member Wendy Earle agreed. "What's the point of going through this process when you have what you're looking for right in front of you?" she said.Rizzo "is an excellent fit for the school district," said board member Diane Sullivan. "The students known him and the staff knows him."
"Sure, you measure twice and cut once," said board member David Shafer, "but when you know, you know."
Rizzo is currently pursuing his doctor of educational leadership/instructional technology through Wilkes University. He earned his superintendent’s letter of eligibility in 2015 from California University of Pennsylvania, his principal certification and master of education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is graduate of Penn State University.