Dr. Gerald G. Huesken, the longest-tenured superintendent currently in service in Lancaster County, announced his intent to retire from Conestoga Valley School District at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Huesken has spent most of his 38-year career at Conestoga Valley. He began in 1984 as the high school assistant principal and later served as junior high assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent before taking on his current role as superintendent in 1998.
As superintendent, Huesken oversaw numerous improvements and changes in the district. To improve communications throughout CV, he supervised several initiatives including the creation of parent, student and staff advisory councils; and the addition of a district public relations specialist. The district also added full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten; hired a school resource officer; and incorporated more technology in the classroom. In 2015, he received the PMEA Outstanding Superintendent Award. Huesken has also served as superintendent of record for the Lancaster County Academy since 2011.
Huesken is also active in the community. He is a past chair of the board of directors of Leadership Lancaster and is also an active member and past president of the Paradise Rotary Club. Huesken also serves on the board of control for the Lancaster/Lebanon Interscholastic League.
His retirement is effective Thursday, June 29, 2017.