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Waynesboro schools post finalists address public

November 24, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The finalists to become the Waynesboro Area School District's new assistant superintendent highlighted individual student achievement when they addressed the public Monday.

Rita Sterner-Hine and Evan Williams were asked to talk about an educational model based on Waynesboro's past three years of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) data. They each spoke for roughly 30 minutes in front of a small crowd mostly comprised of Sterner-Hine's family and colleagues.

Attendees were invited to submit comments on index cards or e-mail them, but they were not given time to ask questions.

The school board is expected to choose a new assistant superintendent Dec. 2, then enter into contract negotiations and make a formal announcement two weeks later.

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Although the annual salary will be part of negotiations, Board President Stanley Barkdoll said the position typically pays roughly 80 percent of the superintendent's salary. Superintendent James L. Robertson was hired in September at $122,000 for his first year.

Gloria Walker retired as assistant superintendent this fall.

Sterner-Hine, principal of Hooverville Elementary School in Waynesboro, talked about a "response to intervention" model to maximize student achievement. The methods are already practiced in kindergarten through third grade in the Waynesboro Area School District.

"I believe our data shows we need to implement RTI for middle and high school students," she said.

Williams, principal of Upper Dauphin (Pa.) Area Elementary School, chose "learning-focused schools," a model said to be used by more than 1,500 schools and agencies in the nation. He said teachers would need to embrace the idea, not brush it off as "just the next new thing."

"You've got to make sure people are aware of the importance of it and will stick with it," Williams said.

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