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WASD interviews superintendent candidates

August 13, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board interviewed a couple of candidates Tuesday in its quest to find a new superintendent for the school district, then debated the merits of the finalists in closed-door executive session.

An announcement might be made at next week's regularly scheduled meeting, board president Stanley Barkdoll said.

Barry L. Dallara retired from the administrative helm of the district in April.

Originally, the board planned to announce a new superintendent early in the summer. However, it started the process again in June because, Barkdoll said, there were questions regarding whether candidates were still interested in the position after some time had passed.

The board has not released the names of candidates.

During its general business meeting, the school board gave final approval for a school resource officer position to serve the middle and high schools. Waynesboro police officer Travis Carbaugh has been working with middle school staff since July 1.

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"He came with very, very good references. Everybody at the middle school says he's wonderful," said board member K. Marilyn Smith, who works with Communities That Care.

Communities That Care joined with the school board, Borough of Waynesboro and middle school discipline committee to bring a school resource officer position to the district. Portions of the officer's salary are funded through a three-year Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant.

Interim Superintendent Gloria Walker announced that an additional grant has been obtained to pay the matching funds requirement of the PCCD grant.

"The matching funds will come from a single application for assistance grant from (state Sen.) Terry Punt's office," Walker said.

The PCCD required that the position be funded at $66,000 a year.

No school funds have been used for the position, which will be evaluated for effectiveness in three years, Smith said.

School board member Firmadge Crutchfield voted against the position. In earlier discussions, Crutchfield questioned why the school board was taking responsibility for a public servant.

Voting in favor were Barkdoll, Smith, Ed Wilson, Leland Lemley, Mindy Rouzer, Chris Devers, John Fitz and Pat Heefner.

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