Former Gettysburg schools chief up for top post in York Suburban

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

After nearly a month without two top administrative officials, the York Suburban School Board will move Monday, Oct. 9, to appoint former Gettysburg Area superintendent Larry Redding to take over the district’s top job.

Larry Redding

Michele Merkle resigned Sept. 25 as York Suburban superintendent, two weeks after taking a sudden medical leave of absence. The district’s former assistant superintendent, Patricia Maloney, retired from her post on Sept. 15, a day after Merkle’s medical leave took effect.

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The two departures left the district without a top official just five weeks into the 2017-18 school year. 

In this file photo, York Suburban Superintendent Shelly Merkle gives an update on her district during a news conference regarding the Campaign for Fair Education Funding at the York City School administrative building in York City, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Redding will be appointed as the district’s acting superintendent if he receives the board’s approval, according to the agenda for the board’s special meeting Monday, Oct. 9, in the Provard Education Center at 1800 Hollywood Drive in Spring Garden Township.

“Upon formal action at Monday night’s meeting, a required step in our process, the decision will be ready for public communication, and a formal announcement from Lynne Leopold-Sharp, Board President, about Dr. Redding will be released,” York Suburban Finance Director Corinne Mason said in an email Friday, Oct. 6.

Redding most recently served as superintendent of the Gettysburg Area School District, retiring in June after seven years in the job.

According to local reports, Redding has experience stepping in to fill a vacancy in a school district’s top office.

In September 2010, Redding was named acting superintendent when the Gettysburg school district’s former superintendent was placed on leave, according to a Gettysburg Times report from April 2011.