Checking in with Northeastern’s new superintendent

Shawn Minnich, Northeastern's new superintendent.

Shawn Minnich, Northeastern’s new superintendent.

It’s been less than two months since Shawn Minnich took over as Northeastern School District’s superintendent. But things aren’t all that new – he was most recently assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and he’s been as a member of the district since 1996, when he was a teacher.

“It’s been smooth so far,” he said of the transition, adding that he’s blessed to work with great people. “They care about the kids.”

I caught up with Minnich this week to chat before the first day of school, which is Aug. 27 for Northeastern.

First day: “Opening day to me is like Christmas,” Minnich said. The kids are so excited, he said, adding that the elementary buildings are the best place to be on day one.

But the first day has its stresses, too, like making sure the bus routes are worked out – and that the kindergarteners, who are likely riding a bus for the first time, know what’s happening. Parents sometimes have anxiety about the first day, too.

Changes in education: Minnich said work will be ongoing to implement a new teacher and principal evaluation system this year, work happening around the state. He anticipates that implementing that system will actually cost more than moving to the Common Core, new standards that have drawn fire around the state for reasons including cost.  Teachers need to know what’s expected, and all administrators are becoming certified evaluators.

“It’s all these changes around one time … at a time when there are less resources to do this stuff,” Minnich said. “It’s good stuff … it’s just happening quickly.

What’s next? “I’m just excited to get in and continue working with the staff, parents, teachers and students, and really make the school district part of the community,” Minnich said.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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2 Responses to Checking in with Northeastern’s new superintendent

  1. Jennifer Kemper says:

    Congratulations to Mr. Minnich. As a parent, I remember his first years at Conewago Elementary, and the impact of his teaching on my own daughter. His influence was shared by our entire family. May this style and influence continue be a positive impact on all the families at Northeastern School District. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

  2. Eugene J Borys says:

    It’s about time Northeastern put some checks and balances into their teaching staff. Hopefully the teachers that are bullying the children will have to answer for their actions. Now we need to have a system to keep an eye on the vice principals & principals. Remember parents if you are not getting anywhere with a complaint that you may have with your childs teachers or administrators (they will just keep you running in circles), feel free to download an official Teacher Misconduct forms. You will run into some walls but if you get no satisfaction even to the Department of Education. Please feel free to contact the HRC(human Relation Commission) to assist you along the way!!#PSU

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