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Former York Suburban Assistant Superintendent Patricia Maloney spent just 32 days in retirement before returning to York County education with a new job in the Dover Area School District.

The Dover Area school board unanimously approved a contract on Tuesday, Oct. 17, for Maloney to serve as a temporary assistant superintendent to Superintendent Tracy Krum.

Her first day is Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Before the vote, board president Nathan Eifert called Maloney’s contract “an exciting opportunity” for the board, calling her a “well-respected” figure in local education.

Maloney met with board members and administrators during an executive session before Tuesday’s voting meeting but did not attend the public meeting approving her contract, according to Krum.

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“I told her she didn’t have to come (to the board meeting),” she said.

“I thought we would be in and out,” Krum added, though the meeting lasted around 80 minutes.

The three-month contract authorizes Maloney to work up to 25 hours a week at a rate of $55 an hour.

She will assist with district matters related to curriculum, assessment, ESL and federal programs, according to the contract.

‘Perfect timing’: When reached after the meeting, Krum said she was “very excited” to have Maloney on board.

“I’ve just heard wonderful things about her, (including) her curriculum expertise that’s phenomenal,” Krum said of Maloney’s work at York Suburban.

Krum was approved as Dover superintendent on Sept. 19, just four days after Maloney’s retirement.

She called Maloney’s availability “perfect timing.”

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Maloney left the York Suburban School District after 10 years on Sept. 15, just a day after now-former York Suburban Superintendent Michele Merkle took a medical leave from the district.

Merkle  resigned as superintendent  Sept. 25.

Former Gettysburg Area School District Superintendent Larry Redding was approved as York Suburban's acting superintendent  Oct. 9.

Krum said she did not know whether Maloney would apply for the permanent assistant superintendent position, though she is free to apply when the position becomes available later in the week.

Maloney could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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