LIMA — The Perry school board hired a new superintendent Tuesday at a special meeting.
The school board unanimously voted to hire Alison Van Gorder, head principal at Lima Senior High School, as the district’s new chief.
Van Gorder has been at Lima Senior for 15 years, the last seven as the head principal. Before being head principal she was assistant principal. She began her career at Lima Senior as an intervention specialist, or special-education teacher, Van Gorder said.
Being superintendent at Perry schools is something she has aspired to since beginning her career, Van Gorder said.
“Being superintendent at a place like Perry schools is a great opportunity,” she said. “Perry is a district that is rich in tradition and community involvement.”
Van Gorder said she plans to make certain Perry schools continues to be a district of which the community can be proud.
Board President Rusty Rush said Van Gorder’s experience with the children at Lima Senior High School made her résumé stand out.
Van Gorder will be making $103,000 a year during her time as superintendent, which is a higher salary than her predecessor, Omer Schroeder. Schroeder earned $78,269 during the 2015-16 school year, according to The Lima News’ annual school salaries survey, after accepting a retire-rehire contract in 2015.
Van Gorder’s tenacity and vision made her stand out during the interview process, Rush said. She has a vision for improving the district academically and the facilities.
“Her willingness to build upon the improvements made by the current administration made her stand out,” Rush said.
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