Department Overview

  • HR

    Welcome to the Pottsgrove School District Human Resources homepage!  Each employee plays a vitally important role in contributing to Pottsgrove being a successful and vibrant school district. The Office of Human Resources strives to foster a work environment that enables all employees to embrace the spirit of Pottsgrove and contribute at the highest possible level to support the mission of the District. We do this by offering a variety of programs and services to support employee professional and personal needs at work and outside the workplace. This section provides information about available job openings and/or services you may need. Please contact a member of our HR Team if you need further assistance.


About Dr. Harney

  • Dr. Harney joined the Pottsgrove School District in June of 2017 as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to joining Pottsgrove SD, Dr. Harney was the Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel at Methacton School District and also served Methacton as the Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources,  Principal and Teacher.

    He began his teaching career as an elementary teacher at North Penn School District.  Prior to his years as an educator, Dr. Harney was a juvenile probation officer and a police officer for eleven years. He found his passion for education while serving as a D.A.R.E. officer in the North Penn School District and changed his career path by going back to school to attain his teaching certificate while serving as a Police Officer.

    As Pottsgrove’s Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Harney’s primary responsibilities are to manage the Human Resources Department and to be the administrative representative on the School Board’s Policy Committee and the Athletics, Co-Curricular and Community Relations Committee. With an increased focus on school security, Dr. Harney now utilizes both his career passions and expertise as Pottsgrove School District’s School Safety and Security Coordinator. He works closely with Superintendent Bill Shirk, the School Board, all the district’s directors and building principals to help maintain and enhance Pottsgrove’s safety and security measures. 


    Dr. Harney is also the District Title IX Coordinator.  Please contact him for any information, concerns, or reports under Title IX.

    Dr. Harney currently resides in Audubon with his wife Kathy and has two grown children.


    Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Immaculata University

    Master Certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University

    B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Master degree in Educational Leadership from Penn State University



Contact Information

  • Robert P. Harney, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent
    610-327-2277 Ext. 1001

    Debbie Brilla
    Human Resources Specialist
    610-327-2277 Ext. 1012


    Joanne Crosby
    Secretary for Human Resources
    610-327-2277 Ext. 1060


    Act 168 requests should be sumbitted to:

          Joanne Crosby