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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 in 1991, 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. In 2017, the Board of School Directors appointed me superintendent for the Donegal School District. 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

9 months 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.