The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 15, 2014

Midd-West board suspends acting superintendent


Controversial program

Many, though, saw the move as a way to edge out Snook who had worked with Knapp and  supported a controversial Reader’s Workshop program that has divided faculty and board members who disagree about its effectiveness.

As the board worked to get the district back on track following Knapp’s controversial departure, it faced more upheaval with longtime director Nancy Kroh facing ouster from a resident petition alleging she was derelict in her duties when she served as board president during most of Knapp’s tenure. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for next week in Snyder County Court.

The board was rocked again when director Scott Norman announced last month in a public letter that he was stepping down after only four months due to a lack of leadership on the board and “dirty politics” being played by some unidentified board members.

More turmoil

That was followed an open letter board member Ronald Wilson sent by email to all district staff, including custodians and faculty, threatening to fire anyone who failed to follow the board’s directions.

Abate said the email was not sent on behalf of the board and that Wilson could face a reprimand. Although Wilson, with Abate at his side, did apologize to a group of about 80 employees in early April, it failed to calm the fears of many.

And now that Snook has been removed from her job in the district where she has worked for six years and had hoped to spend her career, several employees said they now view Wilson’s email as a legitimate threat.

“Trust and confidentially are our biggest issues,” Murray told the board to loud applause. “How are we going to fix this? How do we regain our trust in you?”

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