Waynesboro Area School District officials announced last week their intention to hire Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine as assistant superintendent, replacing Dr. Wendy Royer whose retirement goes into effect on July 31.

The appointment of Sterner-Hine, Summitview Elementary principal, won’t be official until the board votes on her contract April 11.

Sterner-Hine is a 1985 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and the daughter of the late Russell and Ursula Sterner. She and her husband, Derek Hine, live in Waynesboro, but she is “a Greencastle Loyal Daughter, I’ve done the Old Home Week thing for years.”

They have two children, Rachel Hine, a junior at the main campus of Penn State, and Evan Hine, a senior at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, who will be going to Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

After graduating from Shippensburg University with a degree in public administration, she was a substitute teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School and Middle School for a short time before being hired in Waynesboro, where she has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Sterner-Hine received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration and her social studies teaching certificate from Shippensburg University, her superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Edinboro University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University. She has received numerous educational awards and has given scholarly presentations at a variety of conferences.

In addition to her role as an educator and administrator, Sterner-Hine has worked to bridge the gap between the schools and the community as a member of the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation.

Members of the school board and district officials were advised by incoming Superintendent Dr. Tod Kline during the interview process. The board started with over a dozen applications which were narrowed down to five. Those five had interviews with Kline, who selected two finalists.

The two finalists — one of which was Sterner-Hine — then had one-on-one interviews with Kline. They also had a group interview with a variety of the people that they'd be working with, as well as a subset of members of the community. The panel included teachers, support staff, parents, a student, a parochial school principal, a pharmacist, a business leader, an attorney and a minister.

Kline recommended Sterner-Hine during an executive session at the board meeting on March 28. Members of the board unanimously agreed to accept Kline's nomination of Sterner-Hine pending the negotiation of a contract and a formal vote.