The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

February 27, 2014

Public meeting March 12 on finding new M-W superintendent

— MIDDLEBURG — Midd-West School District residents will get a chance to weigh in on the characteristics they’d like to see in the next superintendent next month when the firm hired to conduct the search holds a series of meetings.

The times and dates for the focus group meetings have been set by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, of Downington, which is being paid up to $25,000 to lead the search for a superintendent.

A public meeting where community members will have an opportunity to give their opinions and discuss the search will begin at 6 p.m. March 12 in the high school auditorium.

Several other meetings with invited members of other groups, including school administrators, teachers, students, parents, seniors, church leaders, real estate agents and representatives from the Middlecreek Area Community Center, will take place on March 11 and 12.

According to a statement from the CCIU, the invitation-only focus groups are being held separately from the public discussion because they may have a specific interest.

“By ascertaining their views separately, we can then compare them with other groups and with those of the community at large to determine where issues and opinions overlap and where they diverge,” it said. “Also from a purely logistical standpoint, it helps to keep the size of the focus groups down so that all participants have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion.”

The board is accepting applications for the superintendent’s position through March 31 and hopes to have the search process completed by spring.

The job opened up following Wesley Knapp’s October resignation from the $118,400-a-year position he’d held for five years.

According to a four-page separation agreement, Knapp voluntarily stepped down in exchange for the board withdrawing a notice of unspecified charges against him. The board and Knapp have refused to disclose the nature of the charges.

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