The retired superintendent will return to temporarily fill the post in Bristol

Dr Tom Shaffer on one of his final days on the job before retiring as Superintendent in 2019. Credit: Elizabeth Fisher /

Everything old is new again.

When the superintendent, Dr Rose Minniti, leaves the Bristol Borough School District on October 4, Dr Tom Shaffer, the district’s longtime superintendent who retired in 2019, will hold the position until hiring of ‘a new permanent leader.

The school board voted to approve a deal to pay Shaffer $ 742.50 per day with no benefits or additional pension contributions. About $ 250 of the daily rate will go to the Bucks County mid-level unit, which coordinated the acting superintendent’s work.

Minniti is leaving the Bristol Borough School District after joining in the summer of 2019. He was hired by the New Hope-Solebury School Board in August for the newly created post of Deputy Superintendent.

Shaffer said when he retired he wanted to catch up on reading and traveling. He worked as a teacher, administrator and also a volunteer firefighter.

In other cases, the school board swore a new member to fill the role of member Nunzio DeMarchis, who resigned last month.

Andrew Smith was sworn in as a new board member to take the DeMarchis seat. Dorie Morgan was in the running, but she did not receive the support of the majority of the board.

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