Nine affirmative votes later, Ronald Dyer got to drop the "acting" from his superintendent title.
Dyer, 59, is the new superintendent of Dallastown Area School District.
The veteran educator got full board support at Thursday's special meeting, ending about five months of searching for a replacement for Stewart Weinberg, who was asked to resign by the board.
"I'm proud. I'm thrilled. I'm excited to accept," said Dyer, who joined Dallastown in 2005 as an assistant superintendent.
Dyer got a four year contract. The terms were still being finalized as of Thursday night, board members said, but Dyer got about $160,000 as acting superintendent.
"It's my goal to have an even great set of accomplishments," in the next four years and beyond, Dyer said.
Dyer has been in education for more than three decades, starting in Virginia, and holds a doctorate from Virginia Tech. He was a finalist for the job along with Thomas Newcome II, the superintendent at Octorara Area School District in Atglen, Pa.
Don Jasmann, part of the superintendent search committee, said board members spent 150 hours of their time during the process, and more than 1,000 stakeholders were involved, including hundreds of comments received from the community.
Hiring a superintendent "is the most important function of a school board," Jasmann said.
Dyer said it will be his goal to "re-establish our climate and culture" and accelerate in-house teacher training to get all staff on the same page.
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