York Suburban starting superintendent search in December

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The York Suburban school board will soon ramp up its superintendent search after municipal elections held Tuesday, Nov. 7, brought three new members to the board.

The York Suburban school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017. Items voted on included the letters of resignation from former district superintendent Michele Merkle and former board member Scott Eden.

York Suburban residents Steven Scalet, James Sanders and Kenneth Watts secured seats to replace board President Lynne Leopold-Sharp, Vice President Cathy Shaffer and personnel committee Chair Emily Bates, who all decided not to run for another term.

Current board member Ellen Freireich secured another four-year term on Tuesday.

York Suburban acting Superintendent Larry Redding said once the new board members are seated at a reorganization meeting on Dec. 4, the search for a new superintendent will begin.

Redding said two consulting firms will be available to speak to the board at the Dec. 4 meeting, though he declined to name the firms.

Former board member Joel Sears was appointed to the York Suburban board on Oct. 16 to fill the vacancy left by Holy Hound Taproom owner Scott Eden, who resigned from the board in September.

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The announcement of a search for a permanent superintendent comes nearly a month after Redding, who formerly led Gettysburg Area School District, took on the interim role on Oct. 9.

Former Superintendent Michele Merkle resigned just hours before a board meeting on Sept. 25 as board members prepared to vote on Merkle's request for medical leave, which she took on Sept. 14.

Reach education reporter Junior Gonzalez via email at jgonzalez@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @EducationYD.