Warwick board says it ‘will not be bullied’

By on November 20, 2013

Warwick School Board on Tuesday reacted firmly to an anonymous allegation that a staff member has acted inappropriately.

In a brusque, concise statement read during the regular business meeting, the board rejected the charge and called the source “cowardly.”

A letter mailed to board president Timothy Quinn stated an unnamed “current member of the Warwick staff engaged in inappropriate conduct while employed in another School District.”

It was brought to the attention of the district in recent days, Superintendent April Hershey said after the meeting.

Quinn read the district’s official statement to a capacity audience at the district office: “Anonymous communication is rarely, if ever, appropriate.”

He said the district “will listen and communicate with all of its constituents, but we cannot have a dialogue with those who deliberately hide their identity.”

The author of the letter warned that “This will be addressed publicly if not addressed by the directors.”

But Quinn and the board did not blink.

The district statement reads: “The board will not be bullied by the cowardly who have chosen to manufacture claims: this matter has now been addressed by the board.”

“The allegations of the anonymous author in this matter are completely false and malicious,” Quinn said.

They will be “vigorously challenged by appropriate legal means” if the author of the correspondence continues to communicate ‘fabrications’,” he said.

“That’s the official statement,” Quinn said. “My statement is our doors are always open…. [If] anybody has something that they need to say and this is not that appropriate place, or they don’t feel comfortable to come in front of us.”

He added that the superintendent’s office is also always open.”

Hershey said she does not expect to see the letter’s author at the next board meeting despite what the district called threats.

In other news, many teachers and administrators were in attendance; some of the new faces are actually quite familiar.

In February 2014, the district will lose the valued expertise of current business manager David Zerbe.

On Tuesday, the board elected Warwick grad and Lititz resident Nathan Wertsch as business manager “effective upon release from his current position.”

He currently serves as business manager and school board secretary for Manheim Central School District. Between March and June of 2013 Wertsch filled the role of acting superintendent.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State.

“I’m very excited to be the new business manager for the Warwick School District,” said Wertsch after his approval. “It’s this town, this community, this school district that specifically brought me back to Pennsylvania after living out of state for so many years. Just looking around the room and having been here for a half hour I’ve already made so many connections from back in the day when I was here before. So, I’m very excited to join the district and it’s an opportunity I don’t take lightly. I’d also like to thank Mr. Zerbe as well … he will be greatly missed and I have big shoes to fill.”

Joining Wertsch in the business administration office is Kevin Martzall.

Effective October 29, Martzall’s status of employment changes from census and tax assistant to assistant to the business manager. He will replace Elaine Mathias who has resigned.

“I’d like to say thank you to the school board, the administration, and all those involved in the selection process,” said Martzall.

“It’s a great school district. It’s a great community. I’m glad to be here.”

In other administrative news, High School Director of Athletics John Kosydar’s resignation was unanimously approved by the board. His resignation is effective November 8.

Also in sports related news, the board unanimously approved a project submitted by the class of 2013.

The project, funded entirely by the class of 2013 and the Interact Club, consists of an 8-foot high steel arch, which will sit ten feet off the ground and will read “Home of the Warwick Warriors.”

The $1,100 arch will be located at the main ticket booth double gates and will be lit by solar power for evening events. The arch is expected to be erected by the start of the spring 2014 athletic season.

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