As a school district superintendent and a junior and high school principal, Dr. David Harnish had a lot on his plate. But when the summer vacation came along, he didn’t spend his time off relaxing. On the contrary: Harnish instead worked 90-hour weeks in order to achieve something incredible.
In 2014 Harnish had moved to the Martin Public Schools district with his wife, Kelley, after he had landed the job of superintendent and high school principal there. He had previously worked for 11 years as a curriculum director and principal of the state’s New Lothrop Area Public Schools.
The experienced educator had also accepted a $100,000-a-year salary and signed a contract binding him to three years in his new positions. He asked for the added responsibility of being the junior high principal, too. And at the time, Harnish revealed his excitement at getting started and having the opportunity to make a difference.