June 28, 2022

A Message to the Lackawanna Trail Community:

Executing the plans of Superintendent Rakauskas and the Lackawanna Trail School Board is both my honor and privilege.  I’m looking forward to rejoining the Trail staff and Lackawanna Trail Community.  I have had numerous constructive conversations with Mr. Rakauskas and the Board of Education on the critical tasks expected to be accomplished this summer for the School District and launching a smooth start to the 2022-2023 school year.  As for my leadership approach, I am a student-first leader that prioritizes student learning and achievement along with promoting  kindness, compassion and gratitude for both students and staff.

For those of you who do not know me, my professional career began in Factoryville, PA.  In 1996, I taught at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center assigned to 4th Grade and 5th Grade during my 5 years of service. In 2001, I left Trail for Pleasant Valley School District and began my administrative career as an Assistant Principal and then an Elementary Principal/Math Supervisor.  I eventually returned to Lackawanna Trail in 2008-2014 as your High School Principal.  For the past eight years I was commissioned as a Superintendent, and I wrapped up my most current assignment at Jim Thorpe.

Communication is an essential component in education and the oversight of a School District.  Feel free to direct any questions or concerns to me as I will be serving as your Interim Superintendent effective July 5th through the remainder of the summer and into September.  I can be contacted at the District Office through Heather Stage, Confidential Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at 570-945-5184 ext 3002, or by email at rushefskij@ltsd.org.  It is my pleasure to speak with and/or meet with the Trail Community to address the business of the School District or to hear concerns and recommendations.

A couple of little things I’m looking forward to doing upon my return are meeting with students investing their time in summer school/credit recovery, as well as students engaged in pre-season preparations and workouts.  Please don’t be surprised to see me running up and down Corby Hill with Dr. Murphy or hitting 90+ MPH fastballs from Trail baseball legend Charlie Cobb, and I can’t wait for the first “Stromboli Day” in September served by the amazing cafeteria staff.

In closing, I’m thrilled to rejoin the administration, teachers, and staff with serving the educational needs of LTSD.  I will see to it for Superintendent Rakauskas and the Board of Education that the 2022-2023 will start off productively and successfully, and it will be my honor to work for you!


Mr. John Rushefski

Interim Superintendent of LTSD

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The mission of Lackawanna Trail School District, in partnership with our community, is to provide a safe and challenging learning environment where all students will develop to their fullest potential. The educational programs provided will enable students to become productive, responsible, technologically literate, contributing members of a global society who respond effectively to an ever changing world.




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