The purpose of this page is to keep the public well-informed of the process that the Board of Directors intends to follow during the search for the West York Area School District's next Superintendent. Please reference this page often for updates on the search for the West York Area School District's next Superintendent.


The West York Area Board of School Directors has continued its search for the district’s next superintendent. At this point, the Board has had the opportunity to interview a series of excellent candidates and reduce the field to a smaller group of individuals for the Board to take a closer look. The Board then asked selected candidates back to be interviewed by representatives of the teachers and leadership team. The Board is now determining the final steps in the process. The information gained from the focus group discussions earlier in the search (that involved staff and community members) will continue to be invaluable as we select the next superintendent, establish future goals, and otherwise design a vision for the future of the district. Thank you all again for supporting the students of West York!


​The Board of School Directors wishes to once again extend its appreciation to everyone who participated in the focus group discussions with our search consultant. The Board has had the opportunity to review those comments and will stay focused on the issues and trends that evolved from those conversations as we move to the interview phase of the search. The Board has made initial candidate selections and is now moving to the first round of interviews. The Board is committed to doing its complete due diligence; therefore, we are being as thoughtful and comprehensive as possible in analyzing the qualifications of each candidate. As the Board continues through the next two weeks, we will be keeping you updated. Please continue to enjoy the summer and we will be posting more information on next steps very soon. 



The Board is continuing the search for the next superintendent of West York and we appreciate everyone’s interest.  Last week, our consultant, Mr. Tom Templeton, spent the day and evening in the district meeting with various stakeholder groups.   The Board will soon have an opportunity to review that feedback and prepare for the next steps in the process.  We want to thank everyone for their willingness to participate in a focus group discussion, and we are anticipating the need to have another opportunity in the future.  The Board will be committing considerable time to this process, as we know the impact that the next leader will have on the future of West York. We expect to be updating you again in the near future as new information emerges.




The West York Area School District Board of Directors wishes to inform the community that Dr. Emilie M. Lonardi advised us that she will be leaving West York after 19 years of service as Superintendent, effective June 30, 2017. 
The Board is very grateful to Dr. Lonardi for her educational leadership and academic program advancements, especially during the recent economic downturn that brought new challenges to providing an excellent educational experience for all West York students.  We wish her success in her new district.


The Board wants everyone to know we want to take our time to search for a new superintendent so we can be sure to hire the best candidate to lead the district.  This process will be thorough, open to the public and include input from all stakeholders. To that end, the Board entered into an agreement with Templeton Advantage to assist with this arduous responsibility. Mr. Thomas Templeton, Founder of Templeton Advantage, has vast experience with superintendent searches and a proven methodology for identifying the ideal superintendent for a public school district.  He will assist the Board with all aspects of the search, including but not limited to, the following:


  • Work with the Board to establish protocols related to the search

  • Identify Strategic Competencies and Leadership Expertise for the next superintendent

  • Prepare all search materials, including advertisements, postings, and press releases

  • Conduct Focus Groups discussions with all stakeholders

  • Collect, assess and develop candidate credential files

  • Collaborate with the Board to select candidates

  • Conduct reference checks

  • Assist with negotiating the new superintendent’s contract

  • Maintain close contact with the Board to ensure a smooth transition the first year


Another important piece of conducting a superintendent search is to ensure proper leadership is in place until the new superintendent can begin.  The Board considered several options and decided to enter into a contract with Dr. Patricia B. Sanker to begin serving as the West York Area School District’s Acting Superintendent effective July 1, 2017.  She has over 16 years of experience as a superintendent in Pennsylvania public schools.  She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Shippensburg University and a Doctorate Degree from the Pennsylvania State University.  The Board is confident that Dr. Sanker will do an outstanding job of leading the District through this transition.  Please be sure to give Dr. Sanker a warm West York Bulldog Family welcome when you meet her!


Rodney Drawbaugh, School Board President


April 25, 2017 - Special Board Meeting - 6:30 pm; High School LGI Room: This meeting will start the process with a presentation to the Board from a Superintendent Search Consultant.  The public is encouraged to attend.

June 29, 2017 - Superintendent Search Focus Group Discussions to be held in the High School Auditorium from 6-8 p.m.  The Board of Directors invites all members of the West York Area School District to participate.  Please click here for the informational flyer.


June 30, 2017 - Superintendent, Dr. Emilie Lonardi's last day of service.

July 1, 2017 - Dr. Patricia B. Sanker becomes Acting Superintendent.

December 1, 2017 - Dr. Todd Davies takes office as the new Superintendent of West York Area School District.