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New Superintendent to be Appointed at Northern

May 15, 2020

It is with great pleasure that the Northern York County School District Board of Directors announces the anticipated appointment of Mr. Steven Kirkpatrick as the next Superintendent of the Northern York County School District. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s appointment is planned to take place during the regularly scheduled virtual board meeting at 7 p.m. on May 19, 2020. We invite you to attend this virtual meeting and join us in welcoming Mr. Kirkpatrick to our Northern Community. The District’s current Superintendent, Dr. Eric Eshbach, will retire from Northern on June 4, 2020. The Board extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Eshbach for over 8 years of dedicated service and wishes him all the best in his new role as Assistant Executive Director at the PA Principals Association.

The selection of the new Superintendent is the result of a thorough national search process conducted with the assistance of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The process included input from the community, staff and administration and formal interviews with the Board and a team of staff members. The Board wishes to thank the community and interview teams for sharing their time in the process and for their valuable input. 

As an innovative leader with a passion for Northern, Mr. Steve Kirkpatrick proved himself the best fit to carry forward the vision of our District. Mr. Kirkpatrick has a proven track record of driving academic excellence in public education over the past 27 years. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and currently as Assistant Superintendent at the Cumberland Valley School District.

Prior to obtaining his Superintendent licensure, Mr. Kirkpatrick earned a Master of Education Administration and Principal Certification and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Shippensburg University. He and his wife of 31 years currently reside in Carlisle and have 4 grown children and 1 grandchild. Mr. Kirkpatrick will begin in his role as Superintendent at Northern on July 1, 2020. Northern’s Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Jason Beals, will serve as Interim Superintendent from June 5th-June 30th.

We look forward to you joining us in extending a very warm welcome to Mr. Kirkpatrick!


The Northern York County School District Board of Directors