The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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March 20, 2014

Knapp: M-W board "mean, nasty"

MIDDLEBURG — Disclosing that his house was recently vandalized, former Midd-West Superintendent Wesley Knapp lashed out at district school board members for violating an agreement to not release details of his recent resignation.

In a letter printed Thursday in a weekly local newspaper, Knapp wrote at length about the “vindicative behaviors” of the board members and the “bogus” charges that prompted his departure as superintendent late last year and how it has affected him.

The board confronted Knapp with 36 charges in October, including giving false testimony under oath and withholding or providing misleading information to board members.

Given an opportunity to defend himself in a public hearing, Knapp chose to resign and was paid $70,628 in a lump sum and in annuity payments.

Knapp denies any wrongdoing and said the payment was no “payout.”

He wrote: “I agreed not to take the (district) to civil or federal court for its multiple violations of my contract when I signed the non-disclosure agreement, but because the board has not only violated this agreement, and I am no longer bound by this restriction.

“I tried to protect the school district from this terrible public relations nightmare, and agreed to retire and let the board off the hook for two of the three years remaining on my contract,” he wrote. “I have remained quiet in the face of the illegal and unkind treatment, knowing more by the day that it was a wise decision to retire in December. There was no need to get ugly, and act angry and mean.”

Charges are “trumped up”

Repeatedly describing himself as a Christian, Knapp notes that “no one has spoken up about the mean nasty behavior of a board that has trumped up false charges to discredit a school superintendent.”

He did not respond to calls for comment Thursday from The Daily Item.

Knapp also alleges his Middleburg home was vandalized by graffiti and brick being thrown through a window.

Borough Police Chief Tony Jordan said Knapp reported the vandalism March 12 and that the investigation has zeroed in on a potential suspect.

 

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