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Announcement due next week on new Waynesboro schools assistant superintendent

December 02, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A contract is to be offered this week to the person unofficially selected by the Waynesboro Area School Board to be the district's new assistant superintendent.

An announcement of the appointee is expected at next week's board meeting.

The board held an executive session Tuesday to debate the merits of finalists Rita Sterner-Hine and Evan Williams. Both addressed the public on Nov. 24.

K. Marilyn Smith, chosen Tuesday night as the new board president, described the field of candidates as excellent.

"It was a very hard decision to make," she said.

Sterner-Hine is principal of Hooverville Elementary School in Waynesboro. Williams is principal of Upper Dauphin (Pa.) Area Elementary School.

"We had exceptionally strong finalists," board member Chris Devers said.

Smith and Devers spoke highly of the process used in interviews and selections. That process was developed by Superintendent James Robertson, who took over the administrative helm of the district at the end of October.

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Gloria Walker recently announced her retirement from the assistant superintendent post.

Robertson said he and the board were looking for an assistant superintendent who could use his or her knowledge base to work closely with curriculum issues.

At the board's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Smith was selected as the president to succeed Stanley Barkdoll. She has been a board member for 13 years.

"Marilyn brings a lot to the table. To me, it was the right choice to make," said Devers, who nominated her.

He was later appointed vice president on a nomination by Smith. Pat Heefner declined a nomination that would have put her in that position, but later accepted one to make her secretary of the board.

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