School board doesn't resist seeking assistant principal in Waynesboro

July 15, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

It was a hot topic during the Waynesboro Area School Board's 2009-10 budget debate, but no remarks were made during Tuesday's meeting when board members were asked to find a new assistant principal for the high school.

Superintendent James Robertson asked whether it would be OK to advertise for applicants to fill Brian Richter's vacancy and met no resistance.

Board member Ed Wilson was outspoken during budget negotiations that the high school could do without two assistant principals for a year. He wanted to use the money designated for that salary to further close a gap between revenues and expenditures.

He said Tuesday that the funding was already put in place by a majority vote of the board, so he felt the time for debate was over.


"I can always vote 'no,'" Wilson said.

The board selected Richter, an assistant high school principal, to become the new Waynesboro Area Middle School principal after the retirement of Larry Bricker. His annual salary was set at $85,000 in late June.

A few board members questioned the need for a second assistant principal at the high school, saying the administrators could manage, at least temporarily, with the help of the dean of students. Others, like Board President K. Marilyn Smith, said the demands on principals are great at the high school.

"I personally think we need the two (assistant principals) at the high school. That's a tough place," Smith said in June.

In other business, the board talked initially about forming a committee to look for cost-savings ideas. The committee will work with staff members and possibly community members.

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