The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 9, 2014

Daphne Snook speaks out on Midd-West probe

MIDDLEBURG - Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch announced this morning that there is insufficient evidence to filing criminal charges in the case against suspended acting Midd-West Superintentendent Daphne Snook.

Click Here to see the entire news release issued by the district attorney.

"The investigation is now completed.  After reviewing the results of the investigation and the relevant criminal statutes, I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to warrant filing criminal charges," Piecuch wrote in a statement.

"Whether or not Ms. Snook’s conduct deserves further administrative action is a personnel issue most appropriately left to the discretion of the School Board," Piecuch wrote. "A decision on her continued employment at Midd-West School District is the Board’s and the Board’s alone."

Snook issued the following statement this afternoon.

“I am very happy the investigation has been completed and, as I expected, the District Attorney concluded that his thorough review of the supposed evidence of a crime presented to his office by School Board President Victor Abate revealed that no crimes occurred and that my actions related to accessing school district email was consistent with school district policy.

“As the district attorney indicated, there was also no evidence of any personal gain, alteration of data or other criminal intent on my part.

“This reaffirms the statements I have made throughout this ordeal that I was acting within school district policy and have done nothing wrong.  

“Any time email was reviewed it was done for a the very specific purpose of resolving issues surrounding the District’s literacy curriculum or certain personnel issues. It was not my preferred method of working through issues, but it was permitted by school district policy and, unfortunately, it became necessary in order for me to fulfill my duties as Superintendent.  

“Specific to questions related to the accessing of emails related to the superintendent search, I can only say that accessing emails related to the superintendent search was never the intent of my review.

“My focus was mainly on the reading program. If emails were opened as a result of reviewing multiple emails at one time it was purely accidental.  It is quite possible that some emails were opened and/or downloaded and not read after I realized that they did not deal with the reading program.

“I think it is important to note that several superintendent, or potential superintendent, candidates emailed me and/or spoke with me directly inquiring about the position. My response to each person was appreciative of the interest in pursuing the position at Midd-West and encouragement with the remainder of the process. More than anyone, I advocated to the administrative team that we be open-minded and ready to accept the best person for the position of moving the Midd-West School District forward.”

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