Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

This site will provide regular updates and information about the current search for a new Superintendent to lead Central York School District. The Central York School Board will communicate information about the search process and provide regular updates to the community so the public is well informed throughout the search. 

Please check back often for regular updates and information. 

News Releases

September 12, 2021

AikenCentral York Names Dr. Peter J. Aiken as the New Superintendent  

The Central York Board of School Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter J. Aiken as Superintendent of Schools following the retirement of Dr. Michael Snell.  The Board will vote to formally approve Dr. Aiken at the board meeting on Monday, September 132021.  Dr. Aiken will begin his service later this fall. 

Dr. Aiken received his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Geneva College.  From there,
he obtained a master’s degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, then capped off his educational career by earning a doctorate from Immaculata University.

"I look forward to joining the team at Central York,” Dr. Aiken said. "Central York really is an excellent district, and I want to build upon the tremendous work that has been done by current and previous leaders in the district.  I plan to build sustained partnerships with all district stakeholders that will design a bold future for the district, and help kids be wildly excited about school every day!”  

Dr. Aiken comes to Central York from the Manheim Central School District, where he has served as Superintendent of Schools since 2016.  Prior to holding that position, he was Assistant Superintendent for over two years in the district.  He has also served as Middle School Principal and Virtual School Director in the Conrad Weiser Area School District, and as an Assistant Principal in the Pequea Valley School District.  Dr. Aiken began his teaching career in the Blair Middle School in Norfolk Virginia, before coming back to Pennsylvania to teach 12th grade English and serve as the district’s Department Chair in the Mars Area School District. He was also honorably discharged after a three-year tour of duty with the United States Army Reserves.    

“The Board is thrilled to have landed Dr. Aiken, and we are very excited to bring him into the district,” Board Search Committee Chair Jodi Grothe said.  “He really impressed us as a strong relationship builder, and the candidate with the expertise and temperament to boldly move our district forward, all while addressing the current challenges facing the district.  He has an almost palpable passion for students, boundless energy and an engaging persona, which will be invaluable as we collaborate with the school community to chart the district’s strategic direction.  We believe Dr. Aiken is an excellent fit for Central York,” Grothe added.            

“We also want to express our deepest appreciation to Mr. Ryan Billet for serving as acting superintendent during this transition. Ryan has earned our highest accolades for serving Central York so effectively, and we are convinced he will execute the duties of superintendent exceptionally well as we prepare for Dr. Aiken’s arrival.  Finally, the board recognizes -- and extends its genuine gratitude – to Dr. Michael Snell for his many years of dedication to the students of Central York.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Grothe said.  

The Central York Board of School Directors engaged in a comprehensive search process and interviewed numerous highly qualified candidates.  Board members appreciated the opinions shared by district stakeholders, which were quite helpful in the interview process, and will be reviewed again while developing goals for the superintendent’s annual evaluation.  In the coming months, Dr. Aiken will be executing his entry plan, which will include getting to know students, staff and community members, and listen to the educational issues and concerns that are most important to them. 

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SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE

August 27, 2021

On behalf of the School Board, I am pleased to share that we have interviewed a series of qualified, accomplished candidates for Superintendent of Central York School District. We will meet soon to discuss various issues related to the search process, and to plan the next steps. 

The Board would like to thank everyone (staff and community members) who participated in the focus group discussions held throughout the summer months. The information gleaned from those conversations was quite helpful as the Board interviewed candidates. In fact, the Board will continue using that information as we develop future goals for the district.

Again, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to providing an update to this process around the Labor Day period. 

Jodi Grothe, Chair

Superintendent Search Committee

THE CENTRAL YORK BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS 


Central York Board Appoints Ryan Billet Acting Superintendent, Kevin Youcheff Acting Assistant Superintendent

(YORK, PA -- July 19, 2021) The Central York School District Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Ryan Billet, the district’s Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration, as interim Acting Superintendent and Mr. Kevin Youcheff, principal of North Hills Elementary School, as interim Acting Assistant Superintendent of Central York School District.  

Mr. Billet will serve as Acting Superintendent from October 2021 through December 31, 2021. Mr. Youcheff will serve as Acting Assistant Superintendent from October 2021 through April 2022.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of two seasoned Central York educational leaders to these critical positions,” said Jodi Grothe, School Board Chairperson of the Superintendent Search Committee. “Mr. Billet and Mr. Youcheff bring a tremendous amount of experience and insight to these roles, and will provide a smooth transition of leadership while we work to appoint a new Superintendent.”

Mr. Billet has served as Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration for the past six years and has been with the district for 22 years. During that time, Mr. Billet has also served as Principal and Assistant Principal of Stony Brook Elementary School, Dean of Students of Central York High School and Athletic Director. He received a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College.

“I am very humbled and honored by this appointment and the School Board’s confidence in me to lead our district during this important time of transition,” Mr. Billet said. “I look forward to serving our wonderful Central York students, dedicated faculty and staff, families and community members.”

Mr. Youcheff has served as Principal of North Hills Elementary School for 13 years, and has been with the district for 20 years. He has served as Assistant Principal of North Hills Elementary School, Dean of Students of Central York High School, and a first grade teacher at Roundtown Elementary School. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Youcheff served as a long-term substitute with Clearview Elementary School in Hanover, Pa. Mr. Youcheff is working toward his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Shippensburg University, a master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education from York College of Pennsylvania. 

“I am incredibly excited to continue to serve the children, families, Board, faculty, staff, and the entire Central York community in the role of Acting Assistant Superintendent, “ Mr. Youcheff said. “ I will continue to work to provide opportunities for our children to learn, grow, and be successful in their educational experience.”

The School Board continues its search for a Superintendent to replace Dr.  Michael Snell, who will retire in October 2021. Mr. Robert Grove, Assistant Superintendent, will also retire at that time. Applications for Superintendent will be accepted through July 31, 2021.

“The School Board understands the importance of a smooth and transparent transition to new leaders of the district,” Grothe said. “The appointments of Mr. Billet and Mr. Youcheff will enable us to remain focused on selecting a new Superintendent while ensuring a stable and knowledgeable team is in place to guide our faculty, staff, families and community until this process is complete.”

The board will seek feedback from various stakeholders through focus groups discussions with the search consultant.  The results of those conversations will be shared with the board, and used to drive the process of selecting and interviewing candidates, as well as setting future goals for the district.  The progress of the superintendent search is updated regularly on the District’s homepage under the “Superintendent Search” tab and can be viewed here: http://www.cysd.k12.pa.us/our_district/superintendent_search

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Central York Begins Search
for New Superintendent  

(YORK, PA.  June 14, 2021) -- The Central York Board of School Directors has begun the process of searching for the district’s next superintendent.  The next leader of Central York will succeed Dr. Michael Snell, who will retire in November 2021 after 12  years leading the district.  The search opened officially on June 10, and the advertising and recruiting processes are under way.  Applications will be accepted through July 31; interviews will be conducted in August, and the next superintendent will be selected in September.    

The process will be guided by a superintendent search committee that includes several Central York School board members, in collaboration with search consultant Tom Templeton, of Templeton Advantage LLC.  Jodi Grothe, a board member since 2019, serves as chairperson of the search committee. The committee includes board members Kyle King, Vickie Guth, Tim Strickler and Jane Johnson.

“The School Board understands the importance of a smooth, transparent transition to new leaders of the district,” Grothe said. “We are dedicated to guiding the process with that in mind.”

The board will seek feedback from various stakeholders through focus groups discussions with the search consultant.  The results of those conversations will be shared with the board, and used to drive the process of selecting and interviewing candidates, as well as setting future goals for the district.  

“We look forward to working together to select our new Superintendent, and appreciate our community’s continued support throughout this process,” Grothe said.

The progress of the superintendent search will be updated regularly through a dedicated place on the district website, as well as through emails and social media posts when appropriate. The School Board will also provide updates during any public board meetings held throughout the search.  

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Superintendent Position Overview

Superintendent Position
Now Open to Applicants

The Central York School District (5,600 students; $100 million budget) is looking for the next Superintendent to lead the district.

Located in York County in south-central Pennsylvania, the district aspires to design and deliver student programs that will be among the best in the region and beyond. 


 Read full description and apply for position here.