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FCCTC board suspends worker accused of vandalism

June 25, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center's operating board decided Thursday to suspend without pay a summer maintenance employee accused of vandalizing another school.

The joint operating committee announced the suspension of Seth M. Shindle will remain in place "pending the outcome of the investigation" into whether he damaged three doors, broke the windshield of a vehicle and spray-painted graffiti May 22 at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

The Greencastle Police Department charged Shindle and a 17-year-old boy in the incident.

Shindle, who was 18 when charges were filed, is the son of Michael Shindle, a member of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board and chairman of the career center's joint operating committee. Michael Shindle was not at Thursday's meeting and vice chairman Donald Hilbinger announced that he was on vacation.

Career Center Principal Joe Conrad said the younger Shindle was hired at the May 28 meeting, with an anticipated start date in the second week of June. However, on June 3, school officials became aware of Shindle's alleged involvement in the vandalism.

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Both suspects were expelled from Greencastle-Antrim High School in early June and denied a diploma until restitution was paid in full.

"We put his (hiring) process on hold," Conrad said.

The other two people hired at the same time as Shindle -- Harry Eckenrode of Quincy, Pa., and Domingo Perez of Scotland, Pa. -- have started mowing grass and moving furniture, Conrad said. Both are doing a fine job, he said.

Minutes from the May 28 meeting show the trio were hired at a rate of $8.25 per hour for no more than 22 hours per week.

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