Wicomico County, say hello to your newly appointed Superintendent of Schools: Micah Stauffer.
The special announcement was made at West Salisbury Elementary School on Wednesday, June 8, by the Wicomico County Board of Education. Stauffer was chosen from a group of three finalists, which also included Frederick Briggs and Eric Minus.
“As I said during this entire process, a great school system always has a great team behind it,” said Stauffer. “I am reminded of something that I heard this past weekend — ‘We can make it better if we work together.’ We have a fantastic school system, amazing students, wonderful families, dedicated staff, a vibrant community and a great foundation to build from.”
The Wicomico County school system is near and dear to Stauffer’s heart.
“I’m thrilled, really humbled and honored,” said Stauffer. “I was born and raised here, went to school here and worked in the school system throughout my entire career. This is awesome. It’s definitely a privilege to be able to work with our community in this way.”
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Stauffer will be replacing outgoing Superintendent of Schools Donna Hanlin, who will formally retire from the position on June 30. He will begin serving Wicomico County on July 1.
He has served as the school system’s chief finance and operations officer since 2019, and prior to that was the director of secondary education (2014-2019). He has served as principal of Parkside High and Mardela Middle and High, and assistant principal of Mardela Middle and High and Wicomico Middle. He taught science and coached at Parkside High.
Stauffer is already itching to get to work.
“We have a great leadership team,” said Stauffer. “We have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, and we’ll be able to build from the great foundation that Dr. Hanlin has created for us. I look forward to getting to work.”
As noted in a news release, the meeting can be viewed on the YouTube page of Wicomico County Public Schools and the Watch Board Meetings page on the school system website.
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