Dover Area School District names new superintendent ahead of Krum's retirement

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
Dover Area School District officially broke ground on a new high school Wednesday, to be located in the area of the current Intermediate School, Thursday, August 15, 2018.  John A. Pavoncello photo

The Dover Area School District appointed Kelly Cartwright to take over as superintendent from Tracy Krum, who is retiring May 1.

The school board approved Cartwright's appointment at a special meeting Thursday night. Cartwright will start as the district's assistant to the superintendent March 1, giving her two months to work with Krum before she becomes the superintendent when Krum retires. 

Dover Area School District Superintendent Tracy Krum speaks during a meeting at Dover Elementary School Tuesday, June 16, 2020, regarding a vote to approve an appeal of the Commonwealth Court's decision to allow Washington Township to transfer school districts. Bill Kalina photo

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Krum served as superintendent for more than three years and oversaw changes such as introducing social workers and school-day counseling to the district, developing social emotional and trauma-informed classrooms and a complete overhaul of curriculum. Krum announced her plans to retire in April. 

Cartwright previously served as assistant to the superintendent for elementary education for the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster County. She worked at that district for 19 years, also serving as a principal there. 

"It is bittersweet to be moving on,” Cartwright said in a news release. 

Dover school board President Nathan Eifert said Cartwright offers a lot of experience that can benefit the district. She has worked as an assistant principal, dean of students, teacher and substitute teacher. 

"She's basically done it all," Eifert said. 

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