The South Middleton School Board Tuesday appointed Matthew Strine the new superintendent of the school district effective July 1.

Board members voted 8-0 to select the Shippensburg-area native to lead the district for the next five years. His contract runs through June 30, 2023, at an initial salary of $146,000 for 2018-19.

The vote Tuesday ended a seven-month search that started last August when Al Moyer stepped down as superintendent and the board hired Templeton Advantage of Newport as a consultant.

Strine is the superintendent of the Tuscarora Area School District in Mercersburg, Franklin County. Prior to that, he worked four years as the assistant superintendent of the Shippensburg Area School District.

A 1992 graduate of Shippensburg High School, Strine received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a middle level mathematics certification from the University of Delaware where he also played basketball.

He later obtained a master’s degree, principal’s certifications and superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University before earning his doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University.

“With his deep knowledge of education, a demonstrated passion for leadership and a student-centered approach to decision making, we believe Dr. Strine is an excellent fit for the entire school community of South Middleton,” board president Randy Varner said.

“I look forward to working closely with the administrators, teachers, staff, board members and the community as we create a compelling future for the students of the district,” Strine said.

As time permits, Strine will be working with acting superintendent Bruce Deveney to ease the transition into his administration.

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