SUNBURY - Angela Farronato, who has served as the middle school principal in Southern Columbia Area School District for the past three years, was hired Thursday night to serve as principal of Oaklyn Elementary School in the Shikellamy School District.

Shikellamy School Board voted 7-2 to hire Farronato, with directors Dr. Jeffrey Walter and Kellie Cianflone opposed.

Farronato, 46, of Den-Mar Gardens, will be paid a starting salary of $93,244. The salary is the same earned by her predecessor, Holly Ann Judge, whose resignation was unanimously approved by the school board June 26, one week after Judge was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

She said taking a position in a larger school district like Shikellamy is a new challenge for her and was a personal career goal.

She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Shamokin campus of Luzerne County Community College.

Prior to serving as middle school principal at Southern, Farronato was employed at Mount Carmel Area School District for 21 years, including one year as elementary school principal. She also was an assistant high school principal and assistant elementary school principal at Mount Carmel Area.

Farronato said she's looking forward to working with elementary school students again and plans to identify the needs of the school while familiarizing herself with staff, students, other administrators and the community.

Farronato, a native of Mount Carmel, said her family doesn't have any immediate plans to move to the Shikellamy School District.

In 2008, Farronato earned a principal certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology from Temple University and a master of science degree in instructional technology from Wilkes University.

She has been married for 23 years to Michael Farronato. The couple have four children: Marissa, a senior at Wilkes University; Dominic, a junior at Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School; and Dylan and Michael, eighth- and fifth-grade students, respectively, at Mount Carmel Area.

Judge, 36, of Northumberland, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, before Magisterial District Judge John H. Reed, of Selinsgrove.

She allegedly had a blood-alcohol content of .332 percent when stopped by state police on Market Street in Selinsgrove at about 11:30 p.m. May 30 after being observed driving on the wrong side of the road.