Pa. school district hires superintendent monitor

    A suburban Philadelphia school district has brought back a former administrator to monitor its controversial superintendent.

    The Cheltenham Township School Board voted Wednesday to hire ex-superintendent William Kiefer to keep tabs on Natalie Thomas’ performance.

    Parents, teachers and staff have questioned her leadership and she’s battled with the teachers’ union and administrators.

    Kiefer served as district superintendent from 2006 to 2010. Terms of his compensation were not disclosed.

    Thomas did not immediately respond to a telephone message. An automated reply says her email inbox is full and can’t accept new messages.

    The 57-year-old St. Louis, Missouri native is paid $180,000 a year. Her four-year contract runs through the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

    The Cheltenham Township School District serves about 4,500 students.

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