Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Today is Cycle Day 4
York Suburban School District educates, challenges, and prepares students to shape the future.
  School Board



May 2 - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 4:30 PM


May 3 - Finance Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM


May 8 - Planning Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM


May 9 - Personnel Committee Meeting - 4:30 PM


May 16 - Academic Standards & Curriculum Committee Meeting - 4:30 PM


May 17 - Facilities Committee Meeting - 4:30 PM


May 22 - Regular Monthly Meeting - 7:00 PM


May 24 - Finance Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM


June 14 - Facilities Committee Meeting - 4:30 PM


June 19 - Combined Planning Committee & Regular Monthly Meeting - 7:00 PM


June 21 - Finance Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM



Meetings are held in the Ronald H. Provard Education Center unless otherwise noted.







Seated - John Posenau, Treasurer; Lynne Leopold-Sharp, President; Cathy Shaffer, Vice-President

Standing - Corinne Mason, Director of Finance/Board Secretary; Dr. Shelly Merkle, Superintendent; Richard Robinson; Ellen Freireich; Scott Eden; Emily Bates; Lois Ann Schroeder; Peyton Stuart, Student Representative; Michael Thoman


Board Members' Email

Lynne Leopold-Sharp, President 

Cathy Shaffer, Vice-President

John Posenau, Treasurer 

Emily Bates 

Scott Eden

Ellen Freireich

Richard Robinson

Lois Ann Schroeder

Michael Thoman


The York Suburban School Board invites you to be a partner in education. We seek your input as we strive to provide the atmosphere and opportunity for academic excellence.


What is a School Board?

  • Nine Unpaid Voting Members
  • Four-Year Terms
  • Empowered by State of Pennsylvania
  • Duties Set by PA School Laws
  • Establishes Policies
  • Adopts Annual Budget
  • Levies Taxes
  • Approves Expenditures
  • Sets School Calendar
  • Approves Curriculum Changes

Superintendent, School Board Secretary, and Student Representative serve as non-voting members.

The Solicitor, elected and hired for a stipulated fee by the Board, advises the Board in legal matters and completes various legal activities involving the School District.


What Are the Qualifications for School Board Membership?

  • Citizen of Pennsylvania
  • 18 Years of Age
  • School District Resident for One Year Prior to Election
  • Be a Person of Good Moral Character
  • Term of Office is Four Years

What is the Role of the Superintendent with the School Board?

  • Elected by Board for three, four or five year term
  • Executive officer in administrating policies and operation of schools
  • Advisor to Board on school programs
  • Makes recommendations to the Board relating to professional staff, curriculum, textbooks, school plant, and financial affairs
  • Superintendent has no vote

When Does Your Board Meet?

  • Regular monthly meeting of the Committee of the Whole (Planning Meeting) is the 1st Monday of the month.
  • Regular monthly Board Meeting, when votes are taken, is the 3rd Monday of the month.
  • School vacations, holidays, budget deadlines and board reorganization may change these dates and are advertised in advance.
  • All meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Ronald H. Provard Education Center (Administration Office) located behind the York Suburban Senior High School.

How Do You Address the Board?

Public comment is encouraged and welcomed at both planning meetings and regular monthly board meetings. The following guidelines will permit meetings to move smoothly and allow sufficient time for all comments to be heard:

  • At the monthly Planning Meetings, public comment will be initiated after each agenda item and at the end of the meeting. Non-agenda items and general comments will be heard at the end of the meeting. Public comment will be initiated twice during the Regular Monthly Board Meeting: early in the agenda and at the end of the meeting.
  • All comments and questions will be addressed to the chair.
  • Board and staff members will not normally respond to comments or questions from the public during the meeting unless recognized by the chair for this purpose.
  • When a large number of citizens wish to make statements, the chair may limit individual presentations to three (3) minutes.

How Do You Address Individual Problems?

If you have a specific question regarding your child, begin by speaking with the teacher involved or with the building principal or administrator. If further discussion is necessary the question may be referred to the Assistant Superintendent. This procedure enables you to get a direct and immediate response from the individuals directly responsible.


Concerns which remain unanswered may be referred directly to the Superintendent. Board members are responsible for matters which affect the entire district, and they should only be contacted about individual problems if the family’s concerns have not been addressed by the various staff members involved.


The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.