Knouse resigns from school board

By on July 17, 2013

By:

GARY P. KLINGER Record Correspondent

, Staff Writer

A relative newcomer to the Warwick School District school board, Matthew Knouse shocked fellow board members at Tuesday night’s meeting by announcing his resignation.

Joining the board in 2011, Knouse cited family and business commitments as the reason for his sudden departure.

"It is unfortunate that I will be resigning from the school board for personal reasons," stated Knouse. "This will become effective as soon as a replacement can be found. I must focus on being a husband, a father and my business."

Knouse was passionate about the school district and the board on which he served. Clearly, his decision to resign created a sense of loss among fellow board members.

School Board President, Dr. Timothy Quinn expressed hope that this would not be good-bye, but so long for now.

"The door is always open," said Quinn. "You are always welcome to come back and share your expertise with us. We are sad to see you go but we recognize your priorities."

Knouse had nothing but high praise for the district.

"This was a very difficult decision," said Knouse. "We could not ask for a better board or superintendent or assistant superintendent."

Later, Knouse noted that with two children ages 6 and 12 he felt he was missing them too much as it was. But, he clearly left open the possibility that in a few years he would try to return to the board.

"I have two children in the district," he added. "I could not be more proud to have kids in these schools."

Knouse’s announcement came at the end of an abbreviated summer session of the school board.

In other school board news, the board approved a number of personnel related motions.

The board approved the following resignations: Gregory Burgess as a Technology Support Specialist, effective July 18, 2013; Kathleen Vargo as Administrative Assistant at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, effective June 26, 2013; LuAnn Hain as a Food and Nutrition Services Assistant at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, effective June 11, 2013; and Carlos Vargas as a Groundskeeper at Warwick High School, effective September 27, 2013.

Several instructional appointments were made. Robert Rhoads was hired as a Science Teacher at Warwick Middle School, effective the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Rhoads is replacing David Mease who retired.

Lisbeth P. Kelley was hired as a Science Teacher at Warwick Middle School, effective the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Kelley is replacing Ron Wanner who retired. Jenna Ciatto as an Elementary Art Teacher at Lititz Elementary School, effective the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Ciattois replacing Beth Brunner who retired. Kevin M. Krause as a Technology Education Teacher at Warwick Middle School, effective the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Krause is replacing Martin Meier who was transferred.

Elizabeth Witmer was hired as a non-instructional employee as a Food and Nutrition Services Assistant, three hours per day, effective August 27, 2013. Ms. Witmer is replacing Melissa Kerchusky who was transferred.

The board also approved election of three individuals as substitutes, effective, July 17, 2013: Beth Brunner, Barbara Charles and Rebecca Seibert

Several status changes and transfers were approved.

Will Maza was changed from a Grade Five Teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School to a Learning Facilitator at Kissel Hill Elementary School at the same salary, effective the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Maza is replacing Jamie Cascarino who resigned. Yvonne Engroff transferred from a Reading Specialist at John R. Bonfield Elementary School to a Grade Two Teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School at the same salary. Mrs. Engroff is replacing Filomena Packer who was transferred.

The board also approved an extension of an Unpaid Leave of Absense for Crista Kimble for medical reasons, from April 24, 2013 through August 2, 2013. Pending release from her doctor, her new return to work date is August 5, 2013.

And finally, the following teachers have met the teacher tenure requirements as set forth by the Pennsylvania School Code and were approved for tenure, effective July 17, 2013. At the high school, that included: Kimberly Marks Family and Consumer Science teacher. At the middle school that included: Jeffrey Becker, Mathematics instructor. And at the elementary level, that included: Catherine Dommell JRB Grade Three, Rachel Hilt Physical Education, and Kirsten Lefever JRB Music Seven.

For additional information on Warwick School District, please visit their website at www.warwicksd.org. Gary P. Klinger welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions via email at klingerglobal@gmail.com.

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