New Superintendent Announced
Board President Lisa Bowman made the following statement at the March 19, 2018 Board Meeting:
We are excited to appoint Dr. Michele Orner as the next superintendent of the Octorara Area School District.
After an extensive 6 month search in which we contracted with the Chester County IU, advertised throughout the commonwealth, consulted with stakeholders throughout the district through 9 focus groups, reviewed over 20 applications and interviewed those candidates who most closely met the needs of the district, we are confident that Dr. Orner is the best candidate for this position.
Dr. Orner’s excellent communication skills, her extensive background as an educational leader and her student centered approach to education are just some of the qualities which made her the top candidate.
Her experience with budgeting, her strong career and technical education background, her leadership skills and outstanding character are all things which both our stakeholders and the School Board felt were essential for our next superintendent.
We fully expect Dr. Orner to lead our district in driving forward our Comprehensive Plan and also continuing the visibility, community collaboration, and open communication of our retiring superintendent.
Dr. Orner is currently the superintendent of schools in the Halifax Area School District in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. She has served as superintendent at Halifax since 2014. Prior to Halifax, Dr. Orner served as the director of career and technical education and staff development coordinator at the Center for Careers and Technology in the Carlisle Area School District in Carlisle, PA.
Dr. Orner holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California University of Pennsylvania, a masters in English Education from Shippensburg University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from Duquesne University. She is certified as an English teacher, K-12 principal, supervisor of language arts, vocational administrative director and superintendent of schools.
We look forward to introducing Dr. Orner to the entire Octorara Community. Plans are being made for Dr. Orner to meet with staff, students, parents and the community in the near future.