The Spring-Ford Area School District in Montgomery County will have a new superintendent starting July 5, School Board President Joseph P. Ciresi said Wednesday.

David Goodin, superintendent of the Connellsville Area School District in Fayette County, Pa., was hired at the board meeting Monday after a nationwide search, Ciresi said.

Goodin will replace Marsha Hurda, who is retiring after 32 years as an educator, five of them as superintendent. During her tenure, five Spring-Ford buildings were equipped with geothermal energy, test scores improved, and the Royersford-area district's leadership was cited for excellence, said Ciresi, who called the transition "bittersweet."

Goodin, who earned a doctorate in education last year from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be asked to manage growth and position Spring-Ford among the leading districts in the region, Ciresi said. - Bonnie L. Cook