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Looking over some of the letters of support received when the Danville Middle School flooded in 2011, from left, are Samantha Simatos, Joy Smith and Principal Charles Smargiassi. 

DANVILLE — Middle school Principal Charles Smargiassi is leaving the Danville Area School District after more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator here.

Smargiassi submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 24, to assume a position at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre.

The school board is expected to consider his resignation at tonight's monthly meeting.

Smargiassi was not in Monday, according to a secretary at the middle school. Other attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Bonnie Edmeads, board secretary and the superintendent's secretary, said Monday he is beginning his 21st year in the district. She said his letter of resignation stated he would be assuming a position at Wilkes but did not specify what the position is.

A message left with the university's public relations office was not returned.

Smargiassi, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership, is a 1992 graduate of Valley View High School in Archbald, Lackawanna County, according to the Danville Area School District website. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Millersville University in 1996 and began working at Danville as a percussion, choral and general music teacher the following summer, the website states. He later earned a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. He taught for 10 years before he was appointed assistant principal at Danville Area High School. Two years later he was named middle school. In 2016, he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership through Penn State University.

Dave Snover serves as assistant middle school principal.

In 2017, Smargiassi oversaw 580 students raising $10,000 to aid the flooded C.E. King Middle School in Houston, Texas.

The Danville school chose the King school as a way of giving back for contributions received by the Danville school when it was flooded in September 2011. Sixth-graders attended classes in the former Danville Elementary School and seventh- and eighth-graders were moved to the Danville Primary School. Tropical Storm Lee caused more than $8 million in damage to the middle school.

Danville students raised money from selling T-shirts, a community festival, a dodgeball tournament, a walk-a-thon and a social.

At the time, Derik Moore praised the Danville school for its generosity. The King school is part of the Sheldon Independent School District, where he serves as director for communications. The district includes 11 campuses, and four schools were flooded. He expected them to back to normal soon.

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