Waynesboro school board signs contract with new superintendent

April 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Waynesboro Area School District's newly hired superintendent, Sherian Diller, reads with first-graders Clay Gift and Jayden Shatzer earlier this week.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board signed a contract Tuesday with its newly hired superintendent, whose first day on the job will be July 1.

Sherian Diller will be paid about $128,000 a year under her three-year contract, board member Firmadge Crutchfield said.

Diller, 56, is principal of Mowrey Elementary School.

In an interview Monday, she said she will miss seeing the district’s youngest children daily, but she is looking forward to providing a direction and vision for the school district.

“I believe that the Waynesboro Area School District needs a superintendent who has proven to be an instructional leader, and possesses strong management and communication skills,” Diller said.

Diller received a doctorate in education from Immaculata University in 2006. She previously studied at Shippensburg University and Penn State University.

She and her husband, Dale, have three children and two grandchildren. The couple lives in the Chambersburg, Pa., area.

Diller has been employed by the Waynesboro Area School District for 32 years, including 12 years as a classroom teacher. She has worked in each of the district’s four elementary schools and serves as the director of elementary education.

The Waynesboro native found education to be a natural fit.

“I’ve always loved working with kids,” she said Monday. “We really can make a difference in the lives of kids.”

Diller said she has appreciated the emails, cards and in-person comments of well wishes in the weeks since her hiring was approved March 20 on a 6-2 vote by the school board.

In the new role, Diller said she wants to be an advocate for student achievement and ensuring each student reaches his or her full potential.

She plans to be involved in student achievement, board governance, budget, communication with stakeholders, curriculum development and negotiations.

In mid-December 2011, the school board decided not to renew the contracts of Superintendent James Robertson and Assistant Superintendent Evan Williams as of June 30. It is currently advertising for a new assistant superintendent.

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