By ROBERT A. DEFRANK
Times Leader Staff Writer
CADIZ - Assistant Superintendent Dana Snider will step into the shoes of outgoing Harrison Hills City School District Superintendent Dr. George Ash with the next school year. Ash announced his planned resignation during Thursday's school board meeting. He will serve as superintendent of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.
Snider's contract is under negotiation and will cover either two or five years. She said the board is planning on a smooth transition and on continuing to pursue academic goals and professional development for teachers. The district will also continue to explore technology use in the classrooms. Other continuing projects include total inclusion classrooms and maintaining the district's financial solvency.
"I am excited and honored about the opportunity," Snider said. "I want to continue on our path and gain academic indicators, plus continue to provide a top-notch education to all students."
She also praised Ash for his service and planned to maintain professional ties through the ESC.
Snider has been part of Harrison Hills since 2009 and will continue to oversee close to 1,800 students and an estimated 177 faculty and staff members when she takes charge this summer.
She brings a strong special education background and a business background to the job. She has served as a special education teacher, an elementary principal, and building and grounds supervisor. She has experience with preschools, gifted, curriculum and federal and state programs. She has 21 years of experience in education at Toronto, Edison Local and Harrison Hills.
Snider added that she welcomes the opportunity.
"It's a tremendous place to work. The community and staff are welcoming," she said, adding that the area's future looks bright. "I'm excited about the gas and oil industry and what it's going to bring to the county. That's going to be a big part of this community."
"I am excited about the opportunity for Mrs. Snider and I think she's going to improve our academic program with her expertise," Ash said. "I know I'm leaving the district in capable hands and this is an outstanding board, administrative team, faculty, staff and students."
Board President Deborah Kenny congratulated Snider and expressed her eagerness to work with the new superintendent during the next school year.
"I know she has our district's best interests at heart and with her leadership will continue to build and enhance instruction for our schools.
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