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Sarah Schaefer Named New Assistant to the Superintendent for Pupil Services

The Conestoga Valley School Board recently appointed Sarah Schaefer to be the new assistant to the superintendent for pupil services. Schaefer will begin her role on August 1. 

The assistant to the superintendent for pupil services is a new position at CV, and is responsible for programs that enable students to fully take advantage of their educational opportunities by eliminating those problems that prevent or interfere with students’ learning, as much as possible. Critical areas include maintaining the student accounting system, overseeing the psychological, guidance, school health and social casework services, developing and administering special education budgets and more. Additionally, Schaefer is taking over director of special education responsibilities from Julie Trimmer, who is retiring June 30. 

Schaefer is currently the supervisor of pupil services at Cornwall-Lebanon School District, where she has been in the role since 2007. Prior to that, she served as school psychologist and school counselor at Cornwall Lebanon from 2003-2007, and worked as a school psychologist at the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 and Lincoln IU12.  

While in her role as supervisor of pupil services, Schaefer built a pupil services program, developing procedures on homelessness, homebound instruction, health plans, crisis management teams, all hazards planning, alternative education planning and more. She also worked to restructure the special education program, develop a school social worker role, coordinate guidance curriculum and develop a K-12 continuum for life skills and transition programming.

 “Her experience in building a pupil services program, her ability to build supportive relationships, her knowledge of all areas under the pupil services umbrella, and her positive personality were all characteristics that set her apart,” said Dr. Dave Zuilkoski, superintendent. “We look forward to officially welcoming her to the CV team.”

Schaefer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/education/peace and conflict studies from Juniata College, a master’s in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an educational specialist degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services Certificate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania.

 “I am excited to join Conestoga Valley School District in this new role and be able to expand the number of opportunities for CV students,” said Schaefer.