Dover Area School District hires superintendent

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Tracy Krum has seen her title change three times in the four months she has been at Dover Area School District: assistant superintendent, interim superintendent and, now, superintendent.

Tracy Krum, Superintendent of Schools at Dover Area School District.

"No more board meetings where I get hired for another job," Krum joked after the 8-1 board vote to approve her promotion.

Board member Terry Emig was the sole vote against Krum's appointment.

In a telephone conversation on Sep. 21, Emig said he disagreed with the term and salary specified in Krum's contract and added he does not believe Krum has the experience to merit the appointment.

"I said I would not vote for someone that does not have a doctorate," he said.

The move follows a nationwide search for a new administrator to lead the district after Kenneth Cherry left the district at the end of June.

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The board attracted 27 candidates, of which the board interviewed four before ultimately selecting Krum, according to Dover board president Nathan Eifert.

"We felt that the right person was sitting right here," he said.

Tracy Krum, third in front row, poses with the Dover school board after a vote to make her superintendent of schools on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Krum started at the district May 1.

Her salary will jump from $130,000 to $150,000 under a new four-year agreement.

"I'm honored that you put your faith in me," Krum said. "We’re going to do wonderful things for the district together."

Krum is settling in at a critical time, as the district looks to improve academic performance and is considering a new high school building project.

Over the summer, Krum and other administrators developed a five-tier plan aimed at reducing inefficiencies within the district.

The plan aims to improve instruction, help struggling students, improve performance assessments, streamline its discipline policy and enact a new teacher evaluation program.

“We’re looking at the district from a systemic point of view,” Krum said on Aug. 1.

The school board also is in the midst of considering a project to build a high school on the grounds of the intermediate school while renovating the current high school into an intermediate school.

Krum will be responsible for finding an assistant superintendent and will begin the search to find a candidate for her old position in the coming weeks, according to Eifert.