Ferguson Township Elementary School will be under new leadership by July 1.
At a meeting Monday night, the State College Area school board unanimously approved Shelly Buckholtz as the school’s principal.
According to a report from the district, Buckholtz will replace current Principal Charlotte Zmyslo, who was also the leader at Corl Street Elementary School. Zmyslo will now solely oversee Corl Street starting next month.
“I am looking forward to joining the district and community of State College and Ferguson Township Elementary School with excitement and enthusiasm,” Buckholtz said in an email. “I’m very honored to be joining such a talented staff. “
She said her goals are to “listen and learn and engage” with the school’s staff and community.
“It is my hope that together we will continue the great successes at Ferguson Township Elementary School,” Buckholtz said. “I am anxious to meet with all of the faculty and staff to gauge where we are today, where we want to be and what we need to make happen to move toward that goal, then work together to achieve it.”
District spokesman Chris Rosenblum said Buckholtz has 24 years of education experience.
She’s worked as an early intervention preschool teacher with Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 in the North Clarion and Forest area school districts; kindergarten teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School; Title I reading specialist at Pine Gove, Rockland and Cranberry elementary schools; literacy coach at Pin Oak, Pine Grove, Rockland and Cranberry elementary schools; K-12 Director of Curriculum at Cranberry Elementary and Cranberry Junior/Senior High schools; and Title I coordinator at Cranberry Elementary.
She was also an adjunct professor at Gannon University.