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Antietam superintendent resigns, interim leader appointed

Antietam School District Superintendent Dr. Heidi Rochlin has resigned, with the position to be temporarily filled by Dr. Brett A. Cooper, former superintendent of Daniel Boone School District.

At a meeting June 3, the school board voted to accept, with regret, Rochlin’s resignation.

“While stakeholders are saddened to see her leave, Dr. Rochlin’s decision was ultimately a personal choice due to a professional opportunity,” board President Mike Roberts said. “On behalf of the entire board, we thank Dr. Rochlin for her many contributions.”

Roberts noted that the district is working with the Berks County Intermediate Unit and Devopar Consulting, Lititz, to find a permanent superintendent.

“We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition and building upon the progress Dr. Rochlin and staff have made,” Roberts said.

Rochlin didn’t speak about her resignation at the meeting and didn’t respond to a request for comment.

She was hired as superintendent in December 2020 and took over in July 2021. Her tenure was marked by a flood last July that ravaged the district’s middle senior high school. She was instrumental in coordinating a plan to house the 550 students who were being educated in that building.

That plan is now under threat due to a floor collapse and construction staffing issues at the Mount Penn Primary Center as well as lawsuits filed by residents against the granting of zoning relief for the district’s proposed uses of the primary center and Mount Penn Elementary Center.

Interim superintendent selected

At a meeting Monday, the board approved hiring Cooper to serve as interim superintendent for no more than a year effective July 1, at a per diem rate of $900 per day.

Headshot of Daniel Boone School District Superintendent Dr. Brett A. Cooper
Dr. Brett A. Cooper

Cooper retired from Daniel Boone in July after spending almost five years as the chief administrator there.

Cooper’s career in education spans more than 34 years. He started teaching health and physical education in the Eastern Lancaster County School District and served as assistant principal and eventually principal in the Boyertown School District, before becoming superintendent at Daniel Boone.

A job posting on Antietam’s website notes that the district is seeking candidates for a permanent superintendent. The job comes with a salary and benefits package of $150,000 to $190,000.

Antietam is also seeking a director of finances and business services to lead the business functions of the district and help oversee the budget, according to another post on the district’s website.

Source: Berkshire mont

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