EASD hires two principals

By on August 20, 2015


But both have contractual obligations with other school districts


Brett Esbenshade is new Highland Elementary School principal

Brett Esbenshade is new Highland Elementary School principal

Ephrata schools will open next week with no open principal positions.

However it’s not clear when the new employees will actually begin working in the district.

The school board on Monday installed Brett Esbenshade as Highland Elementary School principal and named Laura Mandell as the new Ephrata High School assistant principal.

The start date for Esbenshade and Mandell will depend on when each is freed their current positions.

Esbenshade is currently a principal at Park Elementary School in the Columbia Borough School District. He will replace Kevin Deemer who has been transferred as the Ephrata Intermediate/Middle School principal.

Laura Mandell was named new Ephrata High School assistant principal

Laura Mandell was named new Ephrata High School assistant principal

Mandell is a communication arts teacher at McCaskey East High School and Reynolds Middle School in the School District of Lancaster. She replaces Lauren Beal who accepted a new position at the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit.

Both are likely to visit their respective schools at least periodically in the coming days, Assistant Superintendent Jacy Clugston-Hess told the school board’s personnel committee Monday.

Brian Troop, district superintendent, appeared delighted with the choices.

“We are excited to have two highly qualified and dedicated educators join the Ephrata Area School District Administrative Team,” Troop said.

The board voted to fill the two vacant positions during committee meetings Monday.

Esbenshade formerly served as a learning support, elementary and intermediate school teacher in the Donegal School District.

“I believe my high expectations for all students, and eagerness to lead will continue a culture of greatness at Ephrata Area School District,” Esbenshade said.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education from Millersville University, and a master of science degree and principal certification from Cabrini College.

Mandell earned bachelor of science degree in English education from Millersville University, a master of education in instructional technology from Arcadia University, and an educational leadership administrative certificate from Temple University.

“I am excited to utilize my educational background to create and promote positive and successful experiences for all Ephrata students,” she said.

For additional information on the Ephrata Area School District, please visit their website at www.easdpa.org. Gary P. Klinger welcomes your correspondence via email at klingerglobal@gmail.com.

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