York Suburban welcomes familiar face to leadership team

York Suburban Senior High School in Spring Garden Township, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The York Suburban School District will once again have a new face on its administrative team, as its middle school principal becomes the assistant superintendent beginning Nov. 5.

After a monthslong application process, the school board unanimously approved Scott Krauser Oct. 1 for the $145,000-per-year position.

Krauser said the move to the district's No. 2 position will be a natural step for him.

"I've always been interested in opportunities and ways to better provide service to the students," and to the staff in helping lead those students as well, he said. 

Superintendent Timothy Williams said selecting a candidate was not easy — the district fielded 34 applicants, many with previous administrative experience.

Scott Krauser will join York Suburban School District as new assistant superintendent Nov. 5. Krauser is currently principal of York Suburban Middle School.

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After earning a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Immaculata University, Krauser started his career teaching fifth grade at East Petersburg Elementary School, in East Petersburg, Lancaster County, according to a district statement.

He joined the district as assistant principal at East York Elementary School in 2007 and became assistant principal at the middle school two years later. In 2014, he became principal and has served in that role ever since.

But Williams stressed that prior district experience did not affect the decision. 

"If you get this, you will have earned it," Williams told him when he applied. "It won’t be because you were already working here."

Instead, he said Krauser proved his worth through qualities such as exceptional data interpretation and "a really powerful way of engaging people."

Board President John Posenau said the board has mixed emotions about welcoming Krauser to the team since the district will be losing a great school principal, but he believes he's the right fit.

The remaining board members did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Krauser lives in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, with his wife, Jennifer, and three children — Mauren, 14, Philip, 11, and Charles, 8 — and they enjoy fishing, hunting and camping together.

"We're an outdoors family," he said.

He's also involved in several community roles, including president of the local chapter of professional educator fraternity Phi Delta Kappa International and adjunct professor at York College working with undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers.

Passion for the community: After more than a decade in the district, Krauser said he has passion for the York Suburban community.

What he loves about the district is "the commitment by students and staff to always want to grow and learn, and just become better as an individual and a learner as a whole," he said.

Challenges: As with any new role, the position does come with its challenges.

The district administration had a serious shake-up in September 2017 when former Superintendent Shelly Merkle was caught on video vandalizing former Assistant Superintendent Patricia Maloney's vehicle.

After resigning, Merkle was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which allows first-time nonviolent offenders to avoid conviction in exchange for completing court-ordered requirements.  

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Williams replaced Merkle as new superintendent at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

When asked if he had any concerns in joining the administrative team, Krauser said, "No, not at all. I think the district is absolutely ready for a cohesive team and forward direction."

The challenge will be how to best move forward and meet needs in a way that's fiscally responsible and caters to students at an individual level, he added.

Krauser said he's most looking forward to being involved with components such as further improving the career and college-readiness approach, as well as seeing how the district can further serve a diverse student population.

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