Rita Sterner-Hine approved as assistant superintendent in Waynesboro

Zach Glenn For Echo Pilot
Rita Sterner-Hine

Members of the Waynesboro Area School Board unanimously voted to confirm the contract of assistant superintendent candidate Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine Tuesday night.

District officials announced two weeks ago that they intended to hire Sterner-Hine, a 1985 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School and the principal of Summitview Elementary, as the assistant superintendent to replace Dr. Wendy Royer who will retire in July.

During Tuesday night's meeting, the board voted 7-0 in favor of hiring Sterner-Hine. Board members Chris Lind and Leland Lemley were absent during the vote.

"For those of you who don't know who she is — and if you don't you must have been in space for the last couple years — Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine is a native of Greencastle and has been a teacher and educator in the Waynesboro Area School District for 20-some years ... everyone knows Dr. Sterner-Hine has been a long-time participant in the Waynesboro area," said Stephen Kulla, president of the board.

"I have always enjoyed my work experience in the Waynesboro Area School District. I have had the opportunity to work with so many people and have been given additional responsibilities over the years that have really enhanced my understanding of the big picture of education," said Sterner-Hine.

Sterner-Hine and her husband, Derek Hine, have two children, one who graduated from the district and another who is a high school senior, which she says has furthered her connection to the schools in the district.

Sterner-Hine, daughter of the late Russell and Ursula Sterner, has worked in the Waynesboro district for 26 years in a variety of roles ranging from an educator to an administrator. She's been an active member of the community with her involvement in the Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation, co-chairing its capital campaign to renovate the high school stadium, on various church boards and on the YMCA board of directors.

"I had the opportunity to network with business and community leaders in my roles as the director of operations of WABEC. Through these connections, I have a better understanding of what skills students need for the workplace. Our community has been very generous in providing funding for innovative learning opportunities for our students," said Sterner-Hine.

Sterner-Hine said one of the goals she shares with Dr. Tod Kline, the new superintendent, is preparing students for future success.

"I am looking forward to working with Dr. Kline and the WASD school board of directors and will seek direction from them about their priorities and goals. However, our number one goal is to honor our mission statement of educating and empowering our students for future success. We want to make sure students remain our priority and we are collectively working to create a safe, positive, rigorous and engaging learning environment for all students.”

Sterner-Hine was selected from a pool of more than a dozen applicants. Five were interviewed for the job and two were interviewed again as finalists. Kline helped the board in an advisory role during the hiring process.