Becky Guffin has been named the next superintendent of the Aberdeen Public School District.
Guffin, the district's current assistant superintendent, will start July 1, 2014.
"The board is very optimistic about the future of our district under the continued direction and guidance of Dr. Gary Harms through June 30, 2014, and the transition of Dr. Guffin to this position throughout this next school year," school board president Brian Sharp said during Monday's board meeting.
Teachers and administrators in the school district were notified of the hiring decision Monday afternoon, Sharp said.
Guffin, 43, began working in the Aberdeen Public School District as a teacher at C.C. Lee Elementary School in 1991.
"I've worked in the school district for a very long time, and I was very honored to accept the position," Guffin said.
Sharp said Guffin was chosen by board members following the conclusion of the interview process. Her experience working in the district and knowledge of the district stood out, Sharp said.
"We are excited to have a seamless transition," he said.
Guffin taught for 13 years before becoming an assistant principal at both middle schools in the district for the 2004-05 school year.
"I started my teaching career here in Aberdeen, and I just loved teaching, but there became a point where I wanted to be a leader of teachers," she said.
From 2005 to 2008, she served as the director of education services.
Since then, she has been the assistant superintendent for Aberdeen public schools.
It will be a year of transition for her as well as for the school district.
There are many things at the federal, state and district level that are scheduled to change during the 2014-15 school year.
New testing evaluation standards as well as curriculum standards are being adopted, among other things.
Guffin said she will continue her role in shaping curriculum and staff development for the next year.
"Our focus will always be on safety and achievement, and the work we do on these areas won't be changing," she said.
Though her administrative experience has all been in Aberdeen, Guffin is also involved with state and national organizations.
"I do have a very wide perspective of things because of things I've been involved with," she said.
She is a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers and serves on the South Dakota secretary of education's advisory council.