Schilder will replace Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, who is retiring as East Penn's superintendent at the end of June.

Seidenberger also came to East Penn from a New Jersey school district.

He was superintendent of Brick Township School District in Ocean County, N.J., when hired by East Penn's school board in June 2007.

Schilder's last district, Bridgewater-Raritan, had about 9,000 students, making it slightly larger than East Penn, which has just under 8,000.

Schilder also was superintendent for eight years at Clinton Public School, a one-school district in Clinton, N.J.

He has never been superintendent in a Pennsylvania school district.

He began his career as a fifth grade elementary teacher in Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, where he later became an acting assistant principal and a guidance counselor.

Schilder intends to remain a resident of Milford, N.J., which he said is a 40-45 minute commute via Interstate 78 from East Penn's administrative offices in Emmaus.

He's married with two grown children. His wife is a school nurse in Flemington-Raritan School District in Flemington, N.J.

Schilder was born in Philadelphia and raised in Newtown, Bucks County.

Earnshaw said East Penn looks forward to Schilder's leadership, Then, referring to Seidenberger, Earnshaw said: "We don't discount the leadership we have today, which has been beyond outstanding."

Seidenberger told Schilder: "You are indeed a lucky person to be coming to this district."

STA wins over First Student

Three school bus companies responded to East Penn's request for proposals to provide transportation services from July 1 through June 30, 2019.

No financial figures were released regarding the board's decision to go with STA.

After the meeting, Earnshaw said it's a very complicated formula that includes many factors. He said one example is that STA buses hold more students - 77 compared to 72 in First Student buses - "so we can reduce the number of buses on the road. That reduces not only the cost of the buses but also the fuel costs."

Atty. Marc Fisher, the school board's solicitor, explained the school board was accepting one of the proposals received. He said the board will not approve an actual contract, which will be prepared and signed by the district and STA.

"We haven't negotiated the contract yet," said Glancy.

After the meeting, Fisher and Earnshaw said STA had what the school board considered the best overall proposal. "It was the whole package," said Earnshaw.

Board member Lynn Donches, who cast the sole negative vote, said the STA agreement should be for only two years, with an option to extend it, rather than five years.

STA is headquartered in Wall Township, N.J.

Representatives of STA of Pennsylvania were at the meeting, but did not address the school board.

STA will hire First Student employees

After the meeting, Timothy Krise, vice president of STA, said his company will hire employees locally when it sets up operations to serve East Penn. He said about 130 people will be hired, including drivers, maintenance staff, dispatchers, safety personnel and a terminal manager.

Krise said all current First Student employees now serving East Penn will have a chance to work for STA.