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Dover Area School District board members at Tuesday night's meeting hired a new assistant superintendent and an architectural firm to examine options toward building a new school.

Board members approved 8-2 to award Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, a Mechanicsburg-based architectural firm, to send qualifications to the board. The firm will be in charge of showing potential areas, initial building plans and cost of the high school.

The district began looking for architects and advertisers to create a new high school last August after overcrowding concerns that in part led to Washington Township's petition to the state Department of Education to transfer its residing students to Northern Area School District. A special committee voted to keep students in the school district earlier this month.

Under the measure, which several school board members repeatedly stressed as exploratory and not an official plan, the current high school building would be used for the district's middle school and Dover Area Intermediate School would be demolished.

Beyond the concern for overcrowding at the intermediate school, there have been health concerns, including traces of asbestos in school tiles, David Nelson, district manager for facilities, has said.

No votes: Two school board members voted against the measure, Charles Rauhauser and Terry Emig.

Rauhauser said while it was “nothing personal” against Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, he was not impressed by them.

“It was just my impression. You only get one first impression, and I didn’t like their first impression,” he said.

Emig said he voted against choosing Crabtree because he thought there could have been a better option.

“I just feel like there’s other architects. We’ve used them before, and I did not like their previous work,” he said. “That’s just my personal opinion.”

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Assistant superintendent: Emig also was the sole board member who voted against approving the hiring of Tracy Krum, who was approved 9-1 as the new assistant superintendent of the district, effective May 1.

He said there were “certain things” in her contract he was not in favor of, including the term, which is three years.

“It should be shorter,” Emig said.

As for Krum, she said she was “very excited” about her new role at the school district.

“Dover just seems like such a wonderful, wonderful district,” she said.

A New Jersey native, Krum is coming from Central Columbia School District in Columbia County, where she served as director of curriculum and instruction.

She said while Dover is about twice the size of her previous school district, they have similarities.

“Both have that rural feel, and that’s so important,” she said.

She also noted the questioning about putting children first during her interview.

“I thought, ‘Wow, that’s me!’” she said.

As assistant superintendent, Krum wants to work around several hot-button education topics.

“It’s about curriculum, assessments (and) working with teachers and principals,” she said.

Krum said she looks forward to her new role and new home in York County. She said with her children all adults and “out of the house,” she can make the move to a new location.

“It just feels right,” Krum said.

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