Nicholas D. Korach was named interim superintendent of Lackawanna schools Monday evening after a stormy executive session by the School Board.
Korach, 37, principal of Truman Elementary School for the last four years, served as acting superintendent last summer during the illness of Dr. Thomas F. McDonnell, who returned to his post in September but died Sunday.
After an hour-long, closed session in which members could be heard shouting, board President Helen Chmiel nominated Aldo V. Filipetti, principal in charge of education administration, to be interim superintendent. No one seconded it.
Edward Sabuda then nominated Korach, and it was seconded by board Vice President Stephen Bokan. All five board members voted in favor.
The board decided that the interim superintendent will "serve at the pleasure of the board, under terms and conditions to be determined as soon as practicable."
No salary was set, but Korach's salary had been $72,400 after he was made acting superintendent Aug. 15.
After McDonnell left on sick leave in May, Filipetti, a 32-year veteran, was named acting superintendent under an agreement the board had with McDonnell. The board rescinded that agreement and appointed Korach on Aug. 15.
Board member James S. Sieracki had objected to the action, saying he believed the board was changing the terms and conditions of its contract with the district's Administrative Council without negotiating.
Born and raised in the Lackawanna area, Korach attended Cornell University and graduated from Buffalo State College with a major in mathematics in 1975. He also has a master's degree in education from Buffalo State and holds a certificate of advanced study in administration and supervision.
The board agreed to close all schools Friday in memory of McDonnell, whose funeral will be that day in his native Dunmore, Pa.
The board has arranged a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica for students and colleagues who wish to attend.