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Schultz recommended to replace Smith as Lower Dauphin superintendent after her retirement

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Posted 10/19/17

The Lower Dauphin School Board has recommended that Dr. Robert K. Schultz replace Dr. Sherri Smith as superintendent of the district after she retires later this school year.

Schultz is the …

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Schultz recommended to replace Smith as Lower Dauphin superintendent after her retirement

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The Lower Dauphin School Board has recommended that Dr. Robert K. Schultz replace Dr. Sherri Smith as superintendent of the district after she retires later this school year.

Schultz is the superintendent of Tulpehocken Area School District in Berks County. He spent 12 years previously as an administrator in the Lower Dauphin district, as an administrative staff member and assistant superintendent.

“This decision does not come lightly as it is very important to us that we continue to provide a positive and forward-thinking culture in this district for our students, staff and community,” Todd Kreiser, board president, said in a press release. “Dr. Schultz, having spent 12 years as an administrator in this district, not only knows our culture, but helped to lead the initiatives and programs that are currently in practice. More recently, Dr. Schultz has expanded his leadership experience through three successful years as a sitting superintendent.”

Residents can meet Schultz at a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Lower Dauphin Middle School. 

Schultz would be the district’s fifth superintendent. Smith has been superintendent since August 2003 and makes $153,140 a year, according to the district.

Smith might be leaving the district before the end of the 2017-18 school year. She is actively pursuing another position.

“At the October 2 board meeting, I presented to the public my decision to not negotiate another contract with Lower Dauphin and that I will be retiring my position as superintendent,” she said. “This was news to the public but certainly not a surprise for the school board, as I have been preparing them for this news since last spring.

There is a good chance she will leave the district earlier than June 30, she said.

The board is in the process of negotiating a contract with Schultz, as well as a resolution that elects and appoints him to the position of superintendent upon Smith’s retirement. 

His contract for employment could be finalized and voted upon as early as the board’s Monday, Nov. 6, meeting.

The Lower Dauphin School District is made up of five municipalities — the borough of Hummelstown and the townships of Conewago, East Hanover, Londonderry and South Hanover.

There are about 4,000 students in the district — about 1,700 at the elementary level, 1,000 in the middle school, 1,200 in high school, and another 100 at the Dauphin County Technical School. 

The district has five K-5 neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school (grades 6-8), and a high school (grades 9-12). There is an elementary school building in each of the district's four townships. Hummelstown is home to the fifth elementary building, the middle school, the high school and the district administration center.

The district traces its roots back to 1952 when Hummelstown and Conewago, Londonderry and South Hanover townships incorporated to form the Hummelstown Joint School District. East Hanover Township joined the renamed Lower Dauphin Joint School District in 1956. In 1966, total district consolidation occurred with the appointment of Dr. Henry R. Hoerner as the district’s first superintendent.


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