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Contracts of Waynesboro school chiefs not renewed

Robertson and Williams told they can reapply for posts

December 13, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board voted Tuesday not to renew the contracts of its superintendent and assistant superintendent as of June 30, 2012.

Over the next three to four months, the board will "advertise (for), interview and hire a new administration that'll begin in July," board member Chris Lind said.

Superintendent James Robertson and Assistant Superintendent Evan Williams can reapply for their jobs, he said.

Board member Firmadge Crutchfield said the Pennsylvania School Code requires at least 150 days notice that a superintendent's contract won't automatically renew.

"The contractual terms will be fulfilled by both parties," Lind said.

Robertson and Williams were both hired in the 2008-09 fiscal year.

They are being paid $129,288 a year and $105,444 a year, respectively, according to newly hired Business Administrator Robert Walker.

Robertson said the board notified him Friday of its intent.

"It's a business decision made by the board. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff and community of Waynesboro," he said.

The superintendent said he'll continue to work through June 30 and hadn't yet thought about reapplying.

"I'm proud of the work Mr. Williams, and I have done thus far," he said, saying he especially enjoyed observing teachers in their classrooms.

Lind praised the administrators' leadership and said they formed a foundation for future hires.

"As experienced educators, I'm certain the legacy of these men will continue in other administrative positions," Lind said.

The reason for not retaining the pair was not immediately clear — Lind and Crutchfield both took issue with a reporter's use of the word "fired," reiterating that Robertson and Williams can reapply.

Lind said the board wanted to "consider all options" and referred the media to a prewritten statement. In it, board President Ed Wilson said the board wishes both men "success as they enter the next phase of their careers."

During a meeting, the board voted 8-1 not to renew Robertson's contract. Voting in favor were board members Ashley M. Newcomer, Sherry Cline, Billie W. Finn, Crutchfield, Wilson, Lind, Leland Lemley and Rita L. Daywalt. Voting against the motion was Bonnie Bachtell.

The board voted 7-2 to not renew Williams' contract. Voting in favor were Newcomer, Cline, Finn, Crutchfield, Lind, Lemley and Daywalt. Voting against the motion were Wilson and Bachtell.

"I think they've done a really good job with the curriculum. They really care about the students," Bachtell said.

Bachtell said she was not surprised by the vote of the board, which saw its makeup change in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

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