CADIZ - Assistant Superintendent Dana Snider will step into the shoes of outgoing Harrison Hills City School District Superintendent George Ash at the start of next school year.
Ash announced his resignation during Thursday's school board meeting. He will serve as superintendent of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.
Snider's contract is being negotiated, according to officials, and she said the board is planning on a smooth transition and a continuation for teachers to pursue academic goals and professional development.
Robert A. DeFrank
TO BE NEW SUPERINTENDENT — Dana Snider is “excited and honored” about taking over duties in the fall as the new superintendent for the Harrison Hills City School District. - Robert DeFrank
The district also will continue to explore technology use in the classrooms. Other continuing projects include total inclusion classrooms and maintaining the district's financial solvency, officials said.
"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 his plan 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 later this year.
She brings a strong special education and business backgrounds to the job, officials said. 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 City, Edison Local and Harrison Hills.
"It's a tremendous place to work. The community and staff are welcoming," she said of Harrison Hills, adding 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.