Red Lion Area hires new superintendent

Meredith Willse
York Dispatch

Red Lion Area School District, which faced a series of controversies in recent months, will have three acting superintendents over the span of just a week as it transitions to new leadership.

The first of the three, Eric Wilson, was named acting superintendent and chief instructional officer in November after Scott Deisley abruptly resigned amid an investigation of allegations of misconduct. The district has not responded to requests for comment about Deisley's departure.

At a school board meeting Thursday night, Vice President Marc Greenly said Wilson accepted a position in the private sector. His official last day was Thursday. During the same meeting, the school board appointed a new acting superintendent, Supervising Elementary Principal Elizabeth Stambaugh, to replace Wilson.

Red Lion Area School District Superintendent Scott Deisley talks about Ron Fitzkee, background, during an unveiling of a portrait of Fitzkee outside the Ronald E. "Abe" Fitzkee Athletic Center at the high school Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Fitzkee served as athlete, teacher, coach, principal and superintendent during his career in the district. Staff at the school added the larger photograph in addition to an existing plaque. Bill Kalina photo

If all goes to plan, Stambaugh will only serve in the role for a few days.

On Monday, the board's permanent replacement for Deisley, Robert L.  Walker, is expected to take over. Walker, who is a 1998 Red Lion graduate, explained his former school district, Conewago Valley, released him from his assistant superintendent contract on Friday. 

“I’m not making any weather calls on Monday,” Walker joked. 

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— Reach Meredith Willse at mwillse@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @MeredithWillse.