The East Lancaster County School District has found its next superintendent.
Michael Snopkowski, currently Deputy Superintendent of the Avon Grove School District in Chester County, will take over as Elanco’s senior official on February 28, 2022.
The school board unanimously approved Snopkowski’s appointment at its Monday night meeting. Snopkowski will replace Bob Hollister, the county’s longest-serving superintendent who is retiring after leading the 2,700 student district for 14 years.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Snopkowski said he was excited to build on the academic strengths of the district and develop close relationships within the community.
Snopkowski, 49, of Oxford, said he was familiar with the Elanco area and had participated in some community events, such as the Garden Spot Village half marathon. He said he “felt right at home” when he visited and described the community as caring, education-centered and family-oriented.
“I am very grateful that the school board and the school district have decided to come with me,” he said. “It’s a very difficult process when you know that you are competing against other very good candidates, and I am so grateful that they are giving me a chance.”
Snopkowski will receive an annual starting salary of $ 185,000.
Snopkowski has had a long career in education. He has worked at Avon Grove, holding positions from Deputy Principal and Principal to Director of Secondary Education and Learning and Deputy Superintendent, since 2005. Prior to that, he worked in the Rose Tree Media School District as as a business teacher, trainer, assistant manager and sports director.
He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, an MA in Sports and Athletics Administration from West Chester University, and a BA in Education and Business Administration from the University of Delaware. ‘Ohio University.
In a shared statement Monday evening, Elanco board member Thomas Wentzel said he and the board looked forward to Snopkowski’s leadership after a months-long search for his next superintendent with help from the Lancaster-Lebanon mid-unit 13. Wentzel served as chairman of the board until Monday, when the board reorganized and appointed a new chairman, Jonathan Dahl.
“We strategically sought a visionary who would partner with our staff, families, businesses and community members to embrace the district’s vision of empowering learners as global thinkers and producers,” said Wentzel.
In an email Tuesday, Hollister said her first impression of Snopkowski was very positive.
“He and his family members spend a lot of their free time in the area, so he gets to know (with) the community,” he said. “I think UI has done a good job of making it easy to find and I expect a smooth transition. “
Snopkowski and his wife, Alexandra, have five children, two of whom are in middle school, two in high school, and one in college.