Carlisle Area School District may name acting Superintendent Christina M. Spielbauer as its permanent superintendent at its school board meeting Thursday.
The board last year appointed Spielbauer to serve as the acting superintendent through the current school year, which ends June 30, following the retirement of John Friend. She was the assistant superintendent under Friend.
If approved, Spielbauer’s employment contract would start on March 1 and end on Feb. 28, 2022. The four-year contract would start with a salary of $153,500, and she would be eligible for an increase each year.
“The board has worked closely with Spielbauer as she has served as the acting superintendent during the past six months, and is confident that Spielbauer’s experience and expertise will enable CASD to continuing moving forward to meet its ambitious goals for all of its 5,100 students,” the board of directors wrote in a statement to The Sentinel.
Carlisle Area School Board members plan to interview a candidate from the district central office staff to possibly serve as the new superintendent.
In its statement, the board of directors wrote that it believed Spielbauer offers leadership in a number of areas including curriculum development, financial stewardship, engaging community and business leaders and advocating for the district’s student population.
The child of a military family, Spielbauer first came to Carlisle when her father was a student at the Army War College and continued on as a faculty member.
She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary and special education before becoming a learning support teacher and a home-bound tutor for the district in 1998.
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Spielbauer worked as a teacher for Carlisle for four and a half years before becoming assistant principal at Wilson Middle School for two and a half years. She worked as the assistant director for special education at Northeastern School District in York County for almost two years before returning to Carlisle as its director of special education for three years.
During that time, Spielbauer earned a master’s degree in educational leadership along with a superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University. She also participated in a doctoral study program at Widener University.
As assistant superintendent, Spielbauer has instituted school improvement planning teams in each building; managed the district workforce including the supervision of all building principals; and improved educational equity by implementing programming at the high school that engages underrepresented students in college planning.
Spielbauer serves as an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University and Wilson College. In addition, she is and/or has been active in a number of community organizations, including the United Way of Carlisle, Success by Six, the DREAM Partnership, Hope Station, and the Special Olympics.