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Public invited to interviews for Waynesboro schools post

November 19, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two candidates remain for the position of assistant superintendent in the Waynesboro Area School District, and the public has been invited to hear presentations from both on Monday evening.

Attendees can expect to listen to presentations, then submit written comments to the board at the conclusion of the 6 to 8 p.m. meeting in the Clayton Avenue office building.

"We're not going to name the finalists because we need to notify them. ... We'll release the names to the newspaper once we notify them they are finalists," Superintendent James Robertson said.

Ten applications for the position led to nine initial interviews, according to board president Stanley Barkdoll.

He said all board members were present for the first round of interviews. They were joined by nine others representing staff, parents and teachers.

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A second round of interviews was held with four candidates. The board announced Tuesday that two people remain under consideration.

Gloria Walker, who recently retired as assistant superintendent, served as an interim superintendent until the board ultimately hired Robertson.

In other business at its Tuesday meeting, the board issued a $10 million bond related to the renovation and expansion of Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

"This is the fourth (and final) $10 million bond issue," said Gregg McLanahan, a financial consultant from Public Financial Management Inc.

He said that the bond issue was delayed two months to better avoid the national economic problems.

"The market effectively fell over a cliff," McLanahan said, explaining that few municipal bond transactions occurred in September in Pennsylvania.

The bond was issued with higher rates, but its insurance increased only slightly.

"Since the peak in mid-October, we found a period of stability, albeit at a higher rate than last summer. ... The whole market of municipal bonds is looking much like it did before the crisis hit," McLanahan said.

While the other bonds were issued at an average rate of 4.25 percent, this one will be an average of 4.45 percent for its 20-year period.

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