Price resigns as WHS principal New school board member will start Oct. 1

By on August 21, 2013


GARY P. KLINGER Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer

In a relatively brief meeting of the Warwick School Board, the one item of note was the unexpected resignation of Warwick High School Principal Troy Price.

District officials would not comment on the matter, in keeping with its policy on personnel issues. However, the resignation is effective Aug. 26, creating an administrative opening at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Warwick students return to class Sept. 4, following the Labor Day holiday.

Price’s resignation was one of many personnel items on the board’s Tuesday night agenda, which also included retirements, transfers and staff assignments.

A number of the incoming new teachers were present at the meeting. Each were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the board. Each offered their gratitude for being a part of the Warwick School District team.

Board Vice President Todd Rucci commented on the crop of new educators.

"This is very exciting to see these very qualified new people entering our system," he said. "In evaluating our staff, in our continued efforts to make this a great place, this is a very exciting time."

"We will be holding a voting session when we meet again in two weeks, on Sept. 3," stated District Superintendent Dr. April Hershey. "We will pick up any additional personnel issues which come up during this personnel-heavy period."

Hershey also indicated that the board would be following up with two people who have come forward with interest in filling the board opening created by the resignation of Matthew Knouse. The board voted to officially approve Knouse’ resignation earlier in the meeting. According to Hershey, the two candidates both have previous experience working on boards and committees. A replacement to Knouse will be named and start effective Oct. 1.

A relative new-comer to the Warwick School District school board, Knouse shocked fellow board members at the July school board meeting by announcing that he would be stepping down. He joined the board in January of 2011.

Knouse cited family and business commitments as the reason for his departure.

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