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After a nearly three-month search, the West York Area School District has named a new superintendent.

Todd M. Davies was approved unanimously by the school board in a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 25.

His five-year term will begin Dec. 1.

A former Marine corporal, Davies arrives from the Exeter Township School District in Berks County, where he has served as assistant superintendent since 2013.

Before going to Exeter, Davies taught special education for 10 years and worked in several administrative positions for seven years at Pottsgrove School District in Pottstown, Montgomery County.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Kutztown University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State.

Davies earned his doctorate in educational leadership at Lehigh University in 2012.

Davies’ hiring follows the resignation of Emilie Lonardi, who left the school district after 19 years at the end of June to lead the Downingtown School District in Chester County.

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Patricia Sanker has been leading the district as acting superintendent since July 1 and will stay on board through Davies’ transition into the role, according to board secretary Sheri Schlemmer.

Sanker’s final date at the school district has not yet been determined, according to Schlemmer.

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