The York Suburban school board voted to appoint acting superintendent Michele Merkle as its permanent superintendent Monday night.

When Kate Orban retired as superintendent in November, Merkle stepped into the role as acting superintendent.

School board president Roger Miller said the past 90 days allowed the board to see Merkle in action.

She has been with the district for nearly 24 years, holding a variety of positions, including guidance counselor, assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent.

She has a doctorate in educational leadership and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Shippensburg University.

She, her husband and three children are York Suburban residents.

Board members put on party hats to celebrate, and Merkle thanked them for having confidence in her.