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Finalist for Quakertown superintendent job named


The search for a superintendent to lead the Quakertown Community School District appears to be over.

On Tuesday, the school board is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Dr. Matthew Friedman to succeed Dr. William Harner, who retires in June.

The vote will come during a special meeting. It’s the only board action item on the agenda, save for the approval of a 4-year contract with the incoming administrator.

Friedman is the current superintendent of schools in the Ocean City School District, according to his Linked-In profile. He is in his first year there, having been appointed last June.

When Friedman was hired, Ocean City’s then-school board president Patrick Kane lauded both his extensive resume and his “engaging, confident, and approachable style” as well as his “effusive, contagious passion for his chosen career.”

“I think what made him stand out were the character traits that defined him as a person, love of family, sense of integrity and strong sense of service to others,” Kane said in a letter to that school district’s community.

Quakertown is a long way from Atlantic Avenue, but, according to the Linked-In profile, Friedmen is a Pennsylvania native and a product of the Mt. Lebanon School District in Pittsburgh.

He received his doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University in Montgomery County.

Prior to his arrival in Ocean City, he spent two school years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the South Orange Maplewood School District in New Jersey.

In Pennsylvania, he’s worked in various administrative roles in the Downingtown Area, Mars Area and Keystone Oaks school districts.

Quakertown began its search for Harner’s successor in late December.