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Spielbauer to resign as Carlisle schools superintendent effective Dec. 31

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Christina Spielbauer will step down as superintendent of the Carlisle Area School District effective Dec. 31.

A district employee for 22 years, Spielbauer submitted her resignation on Oct. 1, School Board President Paula Bussard said Friday afternoon. Word of her resignation went out to teachers, staff and families earlier Friday.

“I hold Christina in high regard,” Bussard said. “She has really taken our district forward. Her leadership during the COVID pandemic has been steady, thoughtful and caring. We’re going to miss her.”

A press release issued Friday said details on the search for a replacement superintendent will be announced in November. Since a search is likely to last several months, the board will appoint an interim superintendent in December.

The release said Spielbauer plans to continue her career in education with an organization that supports students with special needs and at-risk youths across Pennsylvania.

Bussard deferred comment on career plans to Spielbauer, who was unavailable for comment by press-time.

Board members recently rated Spielbauer as “exceeding expectations” during her annual performance evaluation. The board reviewed the outcome of that evaluation during a committee meeting Thursday night.

“We had completed it before she tendered her resignation,” Bussard said Friday. “It was important for the board to complete that work. Christina is leaving the district on really good terms. We wish her the very best.”

Spielbauer was the assistant superintendent under John Friend when the board appointed her acting superintendent in June 2017. Friend retired from public education later that summer.

In February 2018, the board approved a four-year contract that appointed Spielbauer permanent superintendent effective March 1 of that year. The four-year contract was set to expire on Feb. 28, 2022.

Like her predecessor, Spielbauer spent much of her career with the Carlisle school district. The child of a military family, she first came to the area when her father was a student at the Army War College, and she continued on as a faculty member.

Spielbauer earned a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary and special education before becoming a learning support teacher and homebound instructor for the district in 1998.

She 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. Spielbauer then 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, she 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.

The board is very proud of all the hard work accomplished under Spielbauer’s leadership during the past four years, Bussard said. “The board is confident the district will continue to flourish in the coming years because of the initiatives begun under her leadership, the engagement of our families, and the strong community ties the district has forged.”

The press release issued Friday listed the following as her accomplishments during Spielbauer’s tenure as superintendent:

  • Increasing family engagement through the establishment of a family advisory group and the use of Thought Exchange, an online tool.
  • Strengthening the school’s career and technology program to the point where almost one-third of Carlisle High School students take one or more career and technology courses.
  • Strengthening the collaborative relationship between the district and the Carlisle Area Education Association.
  • Leading the district’s comprehensive planning effort that has led to improvements in the curriculum and schedules at the elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Expanding the Carlisle Virtual Academy to include greater use of Carlisle teachers and curriculum.
  • Restructuring the alternative education program to meet the needs of some of the district’s more vulnerable students.
  • Reorganizing the finance and business office to increase efficiencies and financial management.
  • Strengthening the district’s approach to school safety and security through facility enhancements and staff training.
  • Restructuring the information technology department to ensure access to high quality IT services and to make the district’s network more secure.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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