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Dr. Balliet Announces Intent to Retire

September 13, 2022- Elizabethtown Area School District Superintendent, Dr. Michele Balliet, has notified the Board of School Directors of her intention to retire after eleven plus years at the helm. Her last day is expected to be before the end of the 2022 calendar year. In her retirement, Dr. Balliet is planning to pursue a wonderful, statewide opportunity to lead and support learners and public education in a different capacity. 

Dr. Balliet is working with the school board to determine an official retirement date that ensures as little disruption to operations as possible. The Board of School Directors will immediately begin developing a transition plan, which will include hiring a new Superintendent.Michele Balliet

“I have truly been honored and blessed to serve our district for the past fourteen and a half years,” said Dr. Balliet. “During my employment, we have made significant strides as an organization, keeping our students at the forefront of our decision-making and preparing our learners for their futures. I look forward to watching this district continue to evolve and thrive in coming years and wish all of you the best as you continue to govern and guide EASD.”

Dr. Balliet took on the role of superintendent in August 2011, after being the District’s Assistant Superintendent since 2008. Before coming to Elizabethtown, Dr. Balliet was the Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the neighboring Lower Dauphin School District.

“On behalf of the Elizabethtown Area School District, I want to congratulate Dr. Balliet on a job well done. Running a seventy million dollar organization is no small task,” said Terry Seiders, school board president. “Dr. Balliet’s dedication to our students and her attention to detail have advanced our District during her tenure, and we thank her for that. The Board wishes Dr. Balliet success in her next endeavor.”

Under Dr. Balliet’s leadership, she championed a new vision for the District to include the Life Ready Model that focused entirely on student needs and helping each reach their potential. Also in the academic arena, she helped to usher in changes to course offerings, the one-to-one personalized learning initiative, District-provided online learning options, and how we report on student progress.

Dr. Balliet oversaw several building projects including the launching of the Bear Creek School, the renovated and expanded East High Street and Bainbridge Elementary Schools, the renovations to Elizabethtown Area Middle School, and the turf field project at Jane Hoover Field. She expanded the District's connectivity in the community through new partnerships that benefit students and transparency through the introduction of an annual impact report. 

The Board of School Directors will provide community updates as the transition planning process develops. If you have comments, concerns, or questions, feel free to reach out to the school directors. Contact information for all nine members of the school board can be found online at www.etownschools.org.