Manheim Central leader resigns
Manheim Central leader resigns BY K. SCOTT KREIDER, Correspondent
As Manheim Central School District wraps up its search for a new superintendent, acting superintendent Fred Cummins, who was a candidate for the permanent job, announced his resignation on March 27, effective immediately.
His sudden departure came after the board notified Cummins that they were planning to hire another candidate, board president Bryan Howett said Tuesday. Cummins sent an email to faculty and staff informing them of his resignation after his conversation with Howett.
Later that afternoon the board sent its own email to faculty and staff.
"We wanted you to know as soon as we could," the email reads, "that after much research, discussions, and deliberation, Manheim Central is negotiating a contract to employ our new Superintendent. Sadly this afternoon, Mr. Cummins gave notice of his immediate departure from Manheim Central after hearing he was not the chosen candidate. We greatly appreciated his enthusiasm and are disappointed in this sudden news."
The district has been operating without an acting superintendent since Cummins' departure, Howett said.
Cummins could not immediately be reached for comment.
"We're dealing with this the same way we dealt with it last year," Howett said. "Business manager Nathan Wertsch will handle all business while assistant superintendent Elizabeth Massar will handle curricular issues."
The district was in a similar position in September after it placed superintendent William Clark on paid leave during a review of district operations. A month later, Cummins joined the district as an educational leadership consultant to advise the board during Clark's absence. After Clark announced his resignation at the end of November, Cummins was hired as interim superintendent to serve until the district filled the position.
"Fred served our district in a capacity that was understood to be temporary, and he served our district well." Howett said.
Cummins was later introduced as one of three candidates for the position of superintendent at a public forum on March 20. The other two candidates at the public interview were Norm Hatten, superintendent of Curwensville School District, and James Robertson, former superintendent of Waynesboro School District and a current history teacher in Fairfax County, Va..
Howett would not elaborate which candidate was being considered for the position, but he said they are finalizing details and a public meeting would be held early next week to approve the candidate.
"Ideally, we would have waited until the next workshop meeting (on April 15), but circumstances necessitated us to act sooner," Howett said.
Although a decision is likely to be made next week, the new superintendent will not be able to begin until they are released from their current employment, Howett said, which means the district could be operating without an acting superintendent for a lengthy period of time.
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