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Superintendent's Message
Superintendent's Message
It is with pride and honor that I serve as superintendent in the Donegal School District.

I began my career teaching for 14 years in the Manheim Central School District. Following that, I was an elementary principal for almost 10 years in the Lower Dauphin School District. After serving those districts, I came to Donegal and was the assistant superintendent for 3 years. I hold an elementary teaching certification from Millersville University, principal's certification from Shippensburg University, a superintendent's letter of eligibility and educational doctorate from Drexel University.

Upon graduation from Millersville University in 1991, I moved to the Mount Joy area and have lived in or around Mount Joy since that time. I always expressed a desire to work in the Donegal School District and had that dream fulfilled when I was hired to be the assistant superintendent in 2014. Coming to Donegal is the highlight of my career and it truly feels like I have come “home.”

The Donegal staff, administration and School Board work collaboratively to improve academic achievement while being fiscally responsible. As such, we are able to offer our students a variety of academic and extra-curricular experience to help each student grow as an individual. I am exceptionally proud of the type of students we have in Donegal. The character of our students, K-12, is second to none. Every day is a good day to be an Indian!

J. Michael Lausch, Ed.D.


Superintendent Evaluations

27 days ago

Per legislation, the Donegal School Board is required to post the performance standards included in the contracts of the Superintendent.


The standards include:

strategic leadership

• operations, fiscal, and resource management

• data-informed decision making

• professionalism

• communication skills

• regional leadership

• professional growth of self and others

• standards-based aligned instructional systems


A formal, written, performance assessment of the Superintendent is conducted annually, and Dr. Lausch has met these performance standards consistently during each year of employment.