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Pennsbury Board Hires Principal, Assistant Principal

Laurie Ruffing to lead Walt Disney Elementary; Lynne Blair an assistant at Pennsbury High

The Pennsbury Board of Education on Thursday approved the appointment of two new school leaders.

The board approved the hiring of Laurie Ruffing as the principal of the , with a salary of $126,935.

Most recently an elementary school principal in the Morrisville School District since 2008, Ruffing earned a master’s degree in administration from the University of Scranton and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Penn State, according to a district press release.

"Her skills and exceptional talents will blend well with our administrative team, and I have no doubt that the faculty and families of Walt Disney will enjoy getting to know her too," Superintendent Kevin McHugh said in the release.

Ruffing replaces longtime , who recently retired.

The board also appointed Lynne Blair to be an assistant principal at Pennsbury High School, with a salary of $100,990. She replaces Daniel File, who recently resigned, according to a district press release.

Blair comes to Pennsbury from the Norristown Area School District, where she was an assistant principal. Before that, she was a high school guidance counselor for the Radnor Township School District for seven years. She also taught math at the secondary level in the Abington School District, according to the release.

Blair is studying to obtain her doctorate in educational leadership at Temple University. She earned a master's degree in education and psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in math from Bucknell University.

Pennsbury High Co-Principal Shawn Neely said in a press release that Blair will be a "tremendous asset."

"Her experience in administration, teaching and counseling will serve to enhance student life as well as the high school learning environment."

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