Asst. superintendent Schlemmer resigns

By on December 17, 2014

The passing of an era was marked Monday night at the Ephrata Area School District board meeting as members accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Kim Schlemmer.

For the past 27 years, Schlemmer has been an active force within the district, having served as classroom teacher, principal and, since 2007, as assistant superintendent. She was also a member of the Ephrata Area Education Foundation Board of Directors.

By all accounts, Schlemmer’s career decision was difficult.

“My decision to accept an assistant superintendent position in the Red Lion Area School District was not an easy one,” explained Schlemmer. “This past year has been filled with lots of change, but I have come to realize that change is good. I have spent over 27 years serving the students, staff, and families within the Ephrata community and have the utmost respect and admiration for this district.”

She also reflected on the path thus far.

“While I am excited about the possibilities that may be

afforded to me in this new position, I have been truly blessed to have spent so much time in Ephrata and wish nothing but the best for all that I will leave behind. I look forward to continuing to watch the district succeed,” she added.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Ephrata board of education, staff, students and community for all of the opportunities which have been afforded to me the past 27 years,” said Schlemmer in a statement. “I have genuine appreciation and gratitude to everyone in the district and offer my best wishes for continued success. It is with great admiration that I leave knowing the district will continue to thrive and honor their mission statement for many years to come.”

Known for her warmth and approachability by students, parents and staff, Schlemmer announced her resignation in order to take a new position with the Red Lion School District. Her final day with the district will be on Friday, Dec. 19.

Prior to moving to the district office, Schlemmer had most recently been the principal at Highland Elementary School. Such was her rapport with students there, that on the first day of school she would be posted in front of the building greeting most of the students by name and many with hugs. She continued to work with elementary schools during her time in the district office.

Clearly Schlemmer will be missed. In comments before the school board Monday night, EASD Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop spoke highly of his colleague and wished her well as she embarked on the next chapter of her career.

“I’m sure (Mrs. Schlemmer) will be looking back with great pride in her work in our district,” said Troop. “We congratulate her on her 27 years with the district. I know that Kim ends her career as assistant superintendent with great pride and will be watching our district continue to be successful into the future.”

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