Rock formally resigns from Waynesboro School Board

December 06, 2006|by DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro School Board has about five weeks to name a replacement for state Representative-elect Todd Rock, who submitted his resignation to the board Tuesday night.

Rock made his resignation effective Tuesday, Dec. 12, after which the board will have 30 days to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, Board President Larry Glenn said.

"We'll have to formally act on it and then advertise the vacancy," Glenn said. If an appointment is not made within 30 days of next Tuesday, then "the courts will do it for us," he said.

Rock, who defeated incumbent 90th District state Rep. Patrick Fleagle in November, has represented the North Area of the Waynesboro Area School District for the past three years. The North Area is made up of the borough of Mont Alto, the South Mountain area, Quincy Township and a small part of Guilford Township, Glenn said.


Filling a vacancy from that part of the district would normally involve setting up a committee including the board president and the other North Area school board members, Glenn said. Because he also represents the North Area, Glenn said the committee will be made up of himself, board member Leland Lemley of the North Area and Board Vice President Stanley Barkdoll.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full board from applicants for the seat, he said.

Whomever is selected to fill the vacancy will soon have to decide whether to run for election in the May primary. After being sworn in, that person will also have to participate in the budget process, which under the Act 1 school property tax reform law begins in January, much earlier than before.

"If I resigned tonight, they'd have to hold a special meeting over the holidays" to fill the vacancy, Rock said of the timing of his resignation. For the past 3 1/2 years, Rock said he has worked as a construction trades technology teacher at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center and prior to that taught the same subject at Carlisle High School for 7 1/2 years.

"My teaching experience was great. It was really hard to leave that," Rock said. As a member of the school board, Rock said its members were not always in agreement on the issues, but all are interested in what is best for the students.

"I think anyone who wants to go into public service should start with the school board" because it is one of the hardest jobs, he said.

Tuesday's meeting was also the reorganization meeting for the board and its members decided to stay with the status quo of the past six years. Glenn was re-elected president and Barkdoll vice president. No other names were placed in nomination.

The Herald-Mail Articles