The Southern York school board approved Sandra Lemmon as the new superintendent during Thursday's meeting. The appointment will start July1, and her contract runs through June 30, 2019.

Current Superintendent Thomas Hensley will be retiring at the end of the school year. He served the district for 15 years.

"Dr Lemmon's extensive experiences in the coordinating, developing and evaluating effective curriculum, as well as, organizing district-wide projects in the areas of instruction, assessment, and staff development make her a perfect fit for the position." Hensley said. "While her skills and experiences are impressive, it is her love of children and her belief that every child can succeed is what makes her an exceptional person and educator."

Lemmon has worked in the district for 13 years in several different positions including principal of Shrewsbury Elementary, director of curriculum and instruction and assistant superintendent.

She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood, elementary and middle school education from Frostburg State University, a master's in education in management and supervision from Loyola College, and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Drexel University.