The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

April 29, 2014

Midd-West board, Snook to meet May 5

MIDDLEBURG — The Midd-West school board will meet with administrator Daphne Snook on May 5, despite an ongoing criminal investigation regarding her April 14 suspension.

Snook confirmed Monday that she and her attorney, Michael Zicolello, of Williamsport, are scheduled to meet with the board to discuss her suspension without pay.

As of Monday, according to Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch, the Middleburg police criminal investigation of an alleged breach of the district’s email system that led to Snook’s suspension is ongoing.

Piecuch declined to comment on the personnel decisions of the school board. Board President Victor Abate would not discuss Snook or her suspension since she has not waived her right to confidentiality.

Snook, who was hired in 2009 as director of curriculum and instruction and was given more duties over the years, including assistant superintendent, had been tapped to serve as acting superintendent in January for an extra $300 a month following the resignation of Superintendent Wesley Knapp.

After her removal, middle school Principal Donna Samuelson was appointed acting superintendent for an additional daily pay of $200, which was approved by the board Monday.

The board also agreed to reaffirm the controversial Readers’ Workshop program following comments about the program’s success from elementary school Principal Dane Aucker.

As the board prepares to interview several candidates for the superintendent position, they also have to fill a board seat left vacant by Scott Norman’s recent resignation.

A public meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the Middleburg Elementary School to interview candidates and appoint a director.

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