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Board to Name Michele Balliet Acting Superintendent

Jun 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

MicheleBalliet_00122June 27, 2011— The Elizabethtown Area School District Board of School Directors announced that it intends to name Michele Balliet acting superintendent when Dr. Amy Hodges Slamp leaves the position effective July 31. The school directors will take a formal vote to appoint Balliet at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 19. Balliet will begin her duties August 1, and she will remain in the role of acting superintendent through October 1. The board will make a determination on the next step regarding the position of superintendent by October 1, 2011.

Balliet currently serves as the assistant superintendent for the district, a job she has held since 2008. Before coming to Elizabethtown, Balliet served for five years as the assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction K-12 for neighboring Lower Dauphin School District. She began her career in education with the East Penn School District as an elementary teacher, where she taught first, second, and fourth grades. Balliet has also served as a curriculum specialist K-12 for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and in several educational consultant roles. She has administrative expertise in the areas of program design, project implementation, professional staff development, federal programming, and grant writing.

“The Board of School Directors and Mrs. Balliet are looking forward to having a great start to the 2011-2012 school year and advancing the vision that’s already been started here under Dr. Slamp’s leadership,” said Jamie Rowley, board president for the Elizabethtown Area School District.

“The board is confident that Mrs. Balliet will serve our students and their parents, our faculty and staff, and the community of this district in an outstanding manner and we welcome her into this position.”

Balliet holds a master’s degree in academic curriculum and instruction from Penn State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from Kutztown University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management.

Slamp informed the board in mid-June that she intended to resign as superintendent to take a position with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work with the renowned foundation will involve helping students, particularly low-income and minority youth, graduate from high school fully prepared for college.

If you have any questions about the position of superintendent, please contact Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at (717) 367-1521, ext. 1024 or troy_portser@etownschools.org.

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