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Dover superintendent Cherry resigning

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Dover Area School District Superintendent Ken Cherry is resigning after three years with the district.

“Sadly, Mr. Cherry will be leaving us,” board President Nathan Eifert said at a recent board meeting, “It's been a pleasure working with him.”

Cherry’s last day as superintendent is June 30.

Cherry has led the school district since April 2014. During his tenure, property taxes have not been raised on district residents.

After a decline in student performance in the 2014-15 school year, academic performance at Dover Area High School returned to a healthy level in the 2015-16 school year, according to the Department of Education’s Student Performance Profile.

Cherry could not be reached for comment.

Assistant Superintendent Tracy Krum, who began her tenure at the district just last month, will become interim superintendent until the board hires a replacement. Her new role will begin  July 1.

Krum did not  return calls for comment.

“I wish him the best,” said Steve Cook, a board member and treasurer for the district. “I’m disappointed to see him go — he’s done a good job here.”

Board Vice President Charles Delauter spoke briefly about the exit at a board meeting Tuesday night, stating Cherry came to Dover “at a time when our district was kind of floundering.” He added Cherry’s leadership has headed the district in a positive direction.

“We have our fiscal house in order, we have a good team administratively and in our schools,” he said. “I think we’re on our way.”

The board has started a nationwide search for a new superintendent, according to Eifert.