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The York Suburban school board has hired a consultant to guide its search for a new superintendent, a process it expects to wrap up by spring.

The Chester County Intermediate Unit will facilitate the search for a new district head after board members unanimously approved a contract at a meeting Monday, Dec. 18.

The CCIU will be compensated no more than $25,000 for the search, according to the contract.

CCIU Communications Director Mary Curley and Danielle Schoeninger, assistant director of human resources, spoke to board members about expectations for the search, including when they would select an appropriate candidate.

A tentative timeline includes plans for a selection and announcement of a new superintendent by the board’s April 2018 board meeting.

Curley proposed two question-and-answer sessions with board members to take place in January to build a candidate profile to find best-aligned candidates.

There will be focus groups with community members as well, she added.

The board will have several options, including a narrow “targeted” search to confidentially contact candidates for recruitment as well as broader, more open interviewing sessions.

Former superintendent: The search for a new superintendent comes after former Superintendent Michele Merkle resigned her $186,000 annual position  Sept. 25, two weeks after she allegedly vandalized two vehicles belonging to former Assistant Superintendent Patricia Maloney in a district parking lot.

The alleged vandalism included scratches to a Volvo and later a Jeep driven by Maloney on the day of a committee meeting  Sept. 11.

A screw was found in the Jeep's tire, while a screw was placed near one of the tires of the Volvo, according to charging documents. 

Merkle waived a hearing scheduled Dec. 7 on two counts of second-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief and is  headed to trial.

She will be formally arraigned in York County Court on Jan. 5.

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

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