The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 25, 2014

Midd-West to deal with vacant board post next week

MIDDLEBURG — Midd-West School Board will hold a special meeting Thursday to interview and appoint a candidate to fill the vacant board seat.

Board president Victor Abate did not respond to questions Friday about the number of candidates or whether the board will accept applications through next week.

The seat has been empty since late March when Scott Norman, who was elected in November, resigned citing conflict among the nine directors and a lack of leadership.

The board has been embroiled in ongoing controversy that erupted in October with the resignation of Superintendent Wesley Knapp. It emerged later that he was forced out by the board who had accused him of incompetence and neglect of duties.

A litany of controversies ensued.

They include the filing in Snyder County Court of a petition endorsed by 73 residents to remove board director and past president Nancy Kroh for alleged unlawful acts and neglect of duties and the suspension without pay of Acting Superintendent Daphne Snook pending a criminal investigation into an alleged breach of the district email system.

Then last week, two more petitions were circulated in the district to remove Abate and director Ronald Wilson as a result of the negative attention allegedly stirred by the board.

Resident Jenn Arbogast took the petitions bearing hundreds of signatures to the courthouse Friday, but was told more information was required. She intends to file the amended petitions Monday.

While all of this is taking place, the board is in the process of interviewing candidates for the superintendent position following a state-wide search.

The next public meeting of the board is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middleburg Elementary School gymnasium.

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