Sandra Lemmon
Sandra Lemmon

The Southern York County school board unanimously approved Sandra Lemmon as the new superintendent last week, choosing to promote from within.

Lemmon said she is ready to start a new position in the district she's called home for more than a decade.

"I'm most excited to continue to be in a district where I've spent 13 years," she said.

Lemmon said that time has allowed to her see the district evolve and expand its "vision of excellence" to include the entire Southern York community.

Current superintendent Thomas Hensley will retire at the end of the school year after serving for 15 years.

"Dr. Lemmon's extensive experiences in the coordinating, developing and evaluating effective curriculum, as well as organizing district-wide projects in the areas of instruction, assessmen, and staff development make her a perfect fit for the position," Hensley said.

Lemmon said she has worked closely with Hensley since starting in the district, and will look to him in the next few months for guidance to continue the legacy he leaves.

Lemmon's five-year contract, which includes a $163,000 starting salary, will begin July 1, 2014 and extend through June 30, 2019. Lemmon will continue to serve as the assistant superintendent until her superintendent appointment begins in July.

Lemmon began in the district as the principal of Shrewsbury Elementary and moved to the director of curriculum and instruction before becoming the assistant superintendent.

Lemmon has a doctorate of education in educational leadership and management from Drexel University, a master's in education in management and supervision from Loyola College and a bachelor's degree in early childhood, elementary and middle school education from Frostburg State University.

— Shannon Prusak contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.