Wrightsville Elementary School will have a new principal next year following the retirement of Donald Gillett, a leader known for his creative ways of getting students excited about reading.

Gillett will be replaced by Douglas Enders, who will start in his new position this summer. Enders fit in well with the Wrightsville community and connected with all the people who participated in the interview process, said superintendent Darla Pianowski.

Enders also showed a strong background in using data to help with instruction and is motivated to work with staff and parents during his transition into the district, she said.

Retirement: Gillett served as principal since the 2002-2003 school year and was known for stunts such as sleeping on the roof when students exceeded their reading goals for the year, Pianowski said.

"He was instrumental in creating a 'family' at Wrightsville and took pride in allowing the staff to work together to make decisions based on what was best for every child," Pianowski said.

Gillett worked to engage students with the community, Pianowski said. Some of that included allowing students to tour fire trucks and recognizing community members who served in the military each year.

Enders has been the principal at Highland Elementary School in the West Shore School District for the past four years, according to Pianowski.

He will have a $90,000 starting salary at Wrightsville, according to board documents. His appointment was approved at a school board meeting earlier this month.


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Enders has a bachelor of arts degree in history with a social studies certification from Messiah College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Shippensburg University. Prior to serving as principal at Highland Elementary, he taught in the West Shore and Carlisle school districts.

- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.