Keystone Superintendent Kelly Hastings announces retirement

Move comes amid budget crisis

MILL HALL – Keystone Central School District Superintendent Kelly Hastings announced her retirement at Thursday night’s school board meeting, effective March 12, 2018.

The move came as Hastings was addressing issues at the end of the board’s work session and before its voting meeting.

The retirement was not on the formal agenda released about an hour before the meeting.

During her announcement, Hastings did not say why she was retiring about midway through her second, 5-year contract and amidst a challenging citizen Task Force effort to cut $10 million from the district’s 2018-2019 budget.

Her departure next March 12 will be before the board crafts and adopts a 2018-2019 budget, which she and the board has said cannot be sustained by current revenues due to significant increases in payroll and pension costs.

Hastings has had a long career with Keystone, having served as curriculum director for a time before being named superintendent in 2009.

After the meeting, Hastings said she is leaving for personal reasons.

See Friday’s Express print edition for a full story.