Perry promoted to Acting Superintendent at CVSD | Education

Assistant Superintendent Sharon Perry is the new Acting Superintendent of the Conewago Valley School District.

Following a vote to accept Superintendent Chris Rudisill’s resignation on Monday, the board of directors unanimously approved Perry as acting superintendent retroactively to October 1 for up to one year.

“She has the full support of the board,” said chairman of the board, Edward Groft. “We’re very comfortable with it moving forward.”

Rudisill was approved as principal of Mechanicsburg High School on Tuesday, October 5. The district will maintain Rudisill for a period of 60 days, as permitted by law, to help Perry transition to his new position, Groft said. His resignation will be effective on November 30.

Perry has been in the district for almost two years. She joined staff in January 2020 as the district moved from retired Superintendent Russell Greenholt to Rudisill, a process completed on March 9, 2020, less than a week before schools closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. .

The board appreciated her expertise derived from nine years as director of vocational and technical education at the State College School District. Before that, she was a high school principal in high school. She also has 10 years of experience teaching English and gifted education.

Perry holds an undergraduate degree in English, an MSc in secondary education, and a PhD in educational leadership, all from Duquesne University.

Perry declined to disclose whether she intended to sue the superintendent. She said she would maintain the vision previously set by Rudisill and the board while playing the role of actor.

“I love our district and I commit to it in any capacity the council deems appropriate,” she said.

Rudisill’s departure after a year and a half came as a surprise to the board, said Groft. In an email, Rudisill thanked the directors, staff and community of CVSD for supporting him through seven years of service, the previous five and a half years of which he was Deputy Superintendent.

Rudisill and the board have reached an agreement to terminate his current contract, but details will not be made public until Rudisill’s resignation is effective, Groft said.

“As Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent, Chris’s job was top notch,” said Groft. “He put his heart and soul into the process every day. We wish him the best for the future. “

Over the past several months, the council has conducted a feasibility study that will help form a 10-year plan for the district. Rudisill’s departure will not affect the timing of potential renovation, replacement and improvement projects, Groft said.

Over the next few months, Perry said she would continue to focus her research on English and the Language Arts, improving the Gifted Program and providing professional learning opportunities for principals and teachers to support their development. understanding and their use of data, she said. Socio-emotional learning will remain a high priority, especially during the pandemic, she said.

“I want to ensure a smooth transition to make sure the needs of our students and employees are met,” said Perry. “Students are at the heart of all the decisions I make.

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