WILLIAMSPORT — Westfall Superintedent Lynn Landis will be retiring at the end of next month and the hunt is on for his replacement.
Landis, who took over in 2017, said he’s pleased with the progress he made in the district.
“We have a tremendous staff and administrative team who work very hard to provide the best education possible for our students,” he said. “My goal has always been to leave something better than I found it and our team has rallied to make a number of meaningful changes.”
Mark Ruff, president of the Westfall School Board of Education, said Landis paved the way for the district by enhancing the culture of the district.
“He’s a salt of the earth individual and that has shown through daily with the students, staff, and parents,” he said. “When we hired him, we knew we needed to make a change in our culture and he has helped with that greatly.”
Ruff said the district reviewed applications Thursday night during their special meeting and will conduct interviews for the position soon. He did not offer a timeline on when someone would get hired.
“We’re looking at the applicants and to see what they bring to the table for us,” he said. “We may be looking for an interim or for a full-time hire.”
Ruff said the board is looking for a “good, solid person as a whole.”
“We’re in the people business,” he said. “Whether you’re educating kids or working with staff it’s all about people. We want someone who overall is a good human being and person and we’ll work from there.”
Ty Ankrom, superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center (ESC), said the organization is assisting the district in its hunt for the next superintendent.
Among the things the district is assisting with include advertising for the position, handling inquires from potential candidates, receiving applications and references, screening of applications and interview materials.
Ruff said they previously used the ESC to hire Landis in 2017.
Ankrom did offer his thoughts on what makes a great superintendent, having been in the role previously with Circleville City Schools.
“I believe a good superintendent is one who has a clear vision for the district; is a good listener as well as a good communicator; has excellent people skills; and, is flexible. Uppermost, a superintendent must always stay focused on doing what is best for the students.”
Landis offered his advice for the next leader of the district.
“My advice for the next person in this role is to continue to move the district forward with students as the center of every decision,” he said. “Take what we have done and move things to the next level.”