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By: GARY P. KLINGER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer
"It’s my time."
Ephrata Area School District Superintendent Dr. Gerald Rosati made that comment Monday night as the school board reluctantly approved his retirement effective the end of the current school year.
Shortly after approving the Rosati retirement, school board members unanimously voted to name current assistant superintendent Dr. Brian Troop to begin the transition as the new superintendent. The transition from Rosati to Troop is expected to be completed by the end of July.
For his part, Rosati was humble in making his plans known, wishing to focus on his successor and on what will be a new beginning for EASD.
"He is a very good man," said Rosati. "I know he is going to do a great job for the district."
Troop, 42, has been with the school district since January, 2011, serving in his current role of assistant superintendent for secondary education. Prior to coming here, he was a program director for curriculum and instructional services at IU13 for more than two years. In that role, he worked with curriculum leaders and principals from across Lancaster and Lebanon counties on school improvement, the use of school data, and other leadership topics. Previously, he taught in both the elementary (Warwick) and middle school (Mt. Pisgah Middle in Shelby County Tennessee near Memphis) levels, and served as an elementary principal for over eight years.
"Dr. Troop has been with the district for over two years and has quickly assimilated into and understands the operations of the district," said board president Timothy Stayer in a statement. "We are happy to be able to promote from within the organization. Dr. Troop shares the school board vision of achieving success one student at a time and our mission to provide all students with a secure learning environment and exemplary academic programs to inspire all students to reach their full potential.
"Dr. Troop brings with him a wealth of experience, professionalism, and best practices in education," Stayer added. "His experiences as a teacher, principal, school administrator and his time at IU13, will benefit our community and most importantly, our students."
Troop graduated from Millersville University with a degree in elementary education, the University of Memphis, with a masters of leadership and policy studies and Immaculata University, with a doctorate in educational administration. He lives in Lititz with his wife, Maureen, and his three sons, Evan, Gavin and Aiden.
The new superintendent will be paid a salary of $135,000 per year over the course of his initial four-year contract, ending July 30, 2017.
"I am proud to be a part of this district and humbled to be selected as its next superintendent," said Troop in addressing the board following his promotion. "Dr. Rosati is one of the strongest advocates for children I have ever met. Following him in this role is a great honor. I feel fortunate to take the reins of a district headed in the right direction on so many fronts. It will be my intent to continue the progress we have made in our instructional programs and maintain our sound management of resources so that the students of this district will be inspired to reach their full potential."
Rosati joined the district as an assistant superintendent in July, 1998, prior to becoming superintendent in July, 2002. In the course of the past 10 years, Rosati has lead the district through an impressive roster of programs which will be a legacy for generations. Not only has Rosati lead the district through an aggressive capital campaign to update and modernize each of the district’s schools, he leaves the district on firm financial ground.
Stayer commented before the school board on Rosati’s impressive term.
"I just want to mention and honor him," said Stayer of Rosati. "It has been my privilege and honor to work with him these past 10 or 11 years. Under his leadership, this district has made monumental leaps in that time. We really did not want to accept his retirement, but we have."
Following Stayer’s comments, Rosati was honored with a standing ovation.
"I’m not done yet, but as your superintendent, I know that when I do go down the course you are in tremendously good hands," Rosati told the board. "I know Dr. Troop well and have worked with him for several years. He will work very hard to continue in the vision of the district. You will meet your goals. Our administrative staff is second to none. This is a terrific place to work. Our teaching staff is dedicated and caring."
Rosati added that from the assistant superintendents to the teachers to support staff, he was proud of the entire EASD family.
"It has been like a wonderful trip to see all the accomplishments and things that so many have worked together toward a common goal to accomplish," added Rosati. "For the years that I have been here, this has been a tremendous board. For years to come, I will be seeing and hearing about good things because of the tremendous board, administrators and teachers."
For a wealth of additional information on the Ephrata Area School District, visit easdpa.org. Gary P. Klinger welcomes your comments, suggestions and questions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. More EASD, page A6