Prinicipal tapped to head Waynesboro schools

March 20, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board is offering the district’s top administrative post to the principal of one of its elementary schools.

The school board voted 6-2 Tuesday to offer Sherian Diller the position of superintendent. It planned to work on salary and other details of her contract, then accept them at a future board meeting.

Diller, who has a doctorate degree, is principal of Mowrey Elementary School north of Waynesboro.

In mid-December 2011, the school board decided not to renew the contracts of its superintendent and assistant superintendent as of June 30.

Board President Ed Wilson said the three finalists for the superintendent position were interviewed Monday.

In 2008, the school board hired then-Camp Hill (Pa.) High School Principal James Robertson over Diller, who was its other finalist for superintendent. Board member Leland Lemley pushed for her hiring as superintendent or assistant superintendent, saying at the time he had not “heard anyone say (Diller) isn’t qualified.”

Robertson and Assistant Superintendent Evan Williams were hired in the 2008-09 fiscal year. They are being paid $129,288 per year and $105,444 per year, respectively.

In saying it wanted to “consider all options,” the school board voted Dec. 13 not to renew Robertson’s and Williams’ contracts.

Wilson previously said the newly hired superintendent will have input on the selection of the new assistant superintendent.

Board members Lemley, Rita Daywalt, Ashley Newcomer, Sherry Cline, Firmadge Crutchfield and Bonnie Bachtell voted in favor of Diller being hired as superintendent, with Bachtell commenting she wanted to “do what the majority of the board feels is right.”

Wilson and board member Billie Finn voted against the motion.

Calling it “the most important decision this board is going to make,” Finn said there were good candidates, and Diller was “not the person I would have chosen.”

“She was my second choice,” Wilson said, noting, however, that she is professional and helpful with academic committee matters.

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