Superintendent Dr. Lisa Andrejko announced her abrupt retirement decision during the district’s school board meeting Jan. 9. She will reportedly be on leave effective immediately due to health reasons; however, July 1, 2014 will be her official retirement date.
Members of the board were recently informed of her decision and sought guidance from the Pennsylvania School Board Association regarding her absence. Multiple potential substitute superintendent candidates were interviewed with a decision expected for the Thurs., Jan. 23, school board meeting, members said.
Andrejko’s public school career began 34 years ago as a music teacher. She was appointed as superintendent of Quakertown School District in May 2007. Since that time she has received much recognition on both the local and national level.
She most recently was named the Tech-Savvy Superintendent of the year by eSchoolnews and as one of the country’s top 40 innovators in education.
School Board President Paul Stepanoff said, “Her work will leave a permanent mark on the district and provide a foundation as we continue to improve student achievement at the best value for the community.”
The district’s technology director, Tom Murray, said, “She has been a dynamic digital leader, with recognition even at the national level. I respect her most for her student-centered mindset and desire to place QCSD on the cutting edge of digital learning all in an effort to help students be prepared for their future.”
Andrejko plans to stay involved in advocacy for students at some level in the future upon retirement although no details regarding such were offered.
In other business, the district is debating a possible change in boundary lines associated with the two middle schools within the district. Currently Strayer Middle School holds more students per classroom then Milford Middle School which is cause for the potential change.
Al Rosenberger, operations manager for Levy Bus Company which provides transportation services to students of the district, presented the board with statistical data to support the need for a boundary change.
Currently Strayer is seeing class sizes on average of 27 students while Milford’s average classroom holds 19-22 students. Rosenberger admits the numbers will change for each school year but with crowding at one end of the district and lessening amounts at another, a resolution is in order.
Board member Nancianne Edwards explained another option may be moving a teacher from one school to another or subsequently hiring a new teacher; however, that would not change the amount of students enrolled at one school or the other.
The school board plans to further discuss their options at future meetings with the decision being incorporated into the 2014-15 school year.