Our Administration & Staff
Our district administrators work tirelessly to ensure our students, faculty, and staff have the resources they need to succeed at each of our schools. We welcome your questions and comments, and encourage you to contact the members of our administrative team with your concerns. We look forward to speaking with you!
About Matthew Splain
Mr. Splain received his bachelor's degree in 1997 and began his teaching career in the Coudersport School District. He finished his master's coursework in curriculum and instruction at Gannon University and qualified for his principal's certification in 2001. In March 2005, Mr. Splain became the high school principal at Otto-Eldred where he served for five years. During that time, Mr. Splain completed additional coursework at St. Bonaventure University and received his superintendent’s letter in 2010. He became the superintendent of schools for the Otto-Eldred School District in April 2011.
Mr. Splain currently serves as a member of the executive board of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS), is on the advisory board of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the PIAA District IX Committee, is a board member for McKean County CASA, and is a member of the Leadership McKean Class of 2014. He also enjoys volunteering his time as a youth sports coach for numerous local organizations and serves on the Parish Finance Council for St. Raphael’s Church in Eldred.
Mr. Splain currently lives in Duke Center with his wife, Melanie, and their four sons, Maxton, Manning, Macaibe, and Maddon.
Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
About Lindsay Burns
Mrs. Burns serves as the Director of Pupil Services and Special Education. Mrs. Burns focuses her efforts on state requirements set forth under Chapter 14 (Special Education), Chapter 15 (504 Service Agreements) and Chapter 16 (Gifted Education). Further Mrs. Burns serves as the Homeless Liaison, Foster Care Liaison, and Act 1 Point of Contact. Mrs. Burns is the district transportation coordinator and oversees all student services, which includes cooperative professional relationships with outside agencies.
Mrs. Burns graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2005. She continued her education at Edinboro University where she completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership (2010) and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (2021). Mrs. Burns holds certification in Elementary Education, Special Education, Administration K-12, Supervision of Special Education K-12, and Superintendency. Mrs. Burns has worked within the Otto-Eldred School District since 2005.
Mrs. Burns resides in Bradford with her husband, Corey, and their two children, Cooper and Beckett.
Junior/Senior High School Principal
About Nicholas LaBella
Mr. LaBella is a 1998 graduate of Otto-Eldred and a 2002 graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He began his teaching career in nearby Port Allegany before returning to Otto-Eldred as a secondary mathematics teacher. After fifteen years of teaching, Mr. LaBella served as assistant principal at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford for five years before returning to Otto-Eldred to become the high school principal in the summer of 2022.
Mr. LaBella currently resides in Bradford with his wife Nichole, daughter Ava, and son Gehrig.
Nichole M. Garthwaite
About Nichole M. Garthwaite
About Jodi Flexman
Secretary to the Business Manager/Food Services
About Christine Krott
About Jim McDonald
Mr. McDonald graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor's in information technology. He has since earned certifications in CompTIA A+, and Microsoft's Window Server, and worked for companies such as ComputerLand, Seneca Highland Career Center, and Mountain View Technologies. We're happy to welcome him (and his expertise) to the Otto-Eldred family!
About Jim Pantuso
About Nicole Rhinehart
Secretary to the Superintendent