Barkdoll resigns from Waynesboro School Board

December 10, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Although it filled an administrative vacancy by appointing a new assistant superintendent, the Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday embarked on yet another search upon the resignation of a longtime board member.

Stanley Barkdoll, who until last week was board president, cited increasing time commitments with his business as the reason for his immediate resignation. His term would have expired in December 2009.

Barkdoll expressed gratitude for being part of the board during the September appointment of James L. Robertson as superintendent and Tuesday's announcement of Evan Williams as assistant superintendent.

On Barkdoll's motion, the board unanimously approved Williams' four-year contract with a starting salary of $99,500. Williams, the principal of Upper Dauphin (Pa.) Area Elementary School, will start on or before Feb. 10, 2009.


Gloria Walker retired from the assistant superintendent post this fall. At the time, the board had just ended a six-month search that resulted in Robertson's hiring.

Residents of Washington Township, Pa., have 10 days to apply to fill Barkdoll's seat on the board. Applications will be available on the district Web site ( and at the administrative offices on Clayton Avenue.

"We must replace this person within 30 days of the resignation," said K. Marilyn Smith, current board president.

The board will schedule a meeting for interviews to be held during the first week in January. Smith will ask questions along with Pat Heefner and a possible third board member.

"It will be open to the public to observe," Smith said.

Members of the board represent regions - the Borough of Waynesboro, Washington Township and the North End. Smith and Heefner served the township along with Barkdoll. He had been a board member for 17 years.

In other business, the board approved a bullying/cyberbullying policy. It gives administrators authority over threats made using off-campus electronic devices if those threats disrupt the educational environment.

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