Boyertown superintendent to leave for top job at Wilson

Board expected to approve hiring on July 17

SPRING TWP., Pa. - One Berks County school district's gain is another's loss.

The Wilson School District announced Wednesday that it plans to hire Richard Faidley as its new superintendent, pending approval by the school board at its meeting on July 17.

Faidley currently serves as the superintendent of the Boyertown Area School District, where he was awarded a new contract last year. That deal extended his employment through June 30, 2020, with an annual salary of $182,661.

Wilson officials have not disclosed the terms of Faidley's contract with the district, which has been searching for a new superintendent since the resignation of Curtis Baker in February.

Baker stepped down after less than a year on the job at Wilson after Pennsylvania's auditor general released a scathing audit of his performance in his previous role as a school district superintendent near Pittsburgh.

"The board is sincerely appreciative of the input and feedback from the staff and the community during this search process," said Steve Ehrlich, the Wilson School Board president. "We are all looking forward to a positive, collaborative future moving forward with Dr. Faidley's leadership."

Faidley's start date at Wilson has not yet been determined. In the meantime, Steve Keifer will continue to serve as interim superintendent. 

Wilson has a student enrollment of about 6,000 students; Boyertown's enrollment is about 6,900, encompassing communities in both Berks and Montgomery counties.

Faidley's departure from Boyertown comes as the district fights a federal lawsuit filed in March by a high school student over its transgender policy, claiming that it's a violation of personal privacy and constitutes sexual harassment.

The district, which has said its policies are consistent with the law, announced in May that it has hired an architect to look at ways student privacy can be enhanced in the locker rooms and rest rooms of Boyertown Area Senior High School.

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