Shawn Minnich will become the Northeastern School District’s new superintendent, starting July 1.
Shawn Minnich will become the Northeastern School District's new superintendent, starting July 1. (SUBMITTED)

Shawn Minnich will become Northeastern School District's new superintendent July 1, following the school board's decision in November to not renew the contract of Supt. Jody Nace for the coming school year.

Board member Chris Neiman cast the lone dissenting vote Monday, explaining after the meeting that she supported Nace when the board voted in November, and she wanted to continue expressing her support for the current superintendent.

Minnich, currently the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has worked for the district since 1996 when he was hired as an elementary teacher.

"I'm happy to continue serving the district," Minnich said following Monday's board meeting.

The board also notified Stacey Sidle, assistant superintendent, of its intentions to grant her a new contract and reappointed Brian Geller to another term as director of operations. Both three-year terms begin July 1.

"Congratulations to all three of you," said board President Margie Walker following the board votes, adding "we look forward to working with all three of you."

The board intends to abolish Minnich's current position -- assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction -- effective June 30, according to a news release. However, there was not public discussion on the matter during Monday's meeting.

Despite a full meeting room Monday, none of the residents offered any comment on the personnel moves or any other district issues.

In November, Neiman was one of three board members who voted in favor of keeping Nace. Another supporter, Albert Byrnes, resigned from the board following the decision.

The reasons for the board decision to cut ties with Nace were never publicly aired as officials cited the confidentiality of personnel decisions.

Nace will continue as superintendent until her contract ends on June 30, according to a news release.

About the superintendent

Shawn Minnich was appointed to superintendent by the Northeastern School Board Monday night.

His three-year term starts July 1.

Minnich earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Millersville University and his supervisory certification, letter of eligibility for superintendent and educational doctorate from Temple University, according to a news release.

Minnich was previously an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal within the district.

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