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In a year marked by controversy, Manheim Township School District is losing another administrator.

Assistant Superintendent Tim Williams, who has worked at Manheim Township since 1999, is leaving to become superintendent at Westmont Hilltop School District near Johnstown, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

He will earn a starting annual salary of $133,500, according to Westmont Hilltop school board minutes. At Manheim Township he was earning $150,488 per year, according to the district human resources director.

Williams’ move is the latest in a series of leadership changes at the affluent, suburban district. He did not comment on whether the past year of controversy on the school board and in the superintendent’s office at Manheim Township influenced his decision.

“It’s a nice opportunity to move to an area where we have family connections,” he said. “(Westmont Hilltop) is a good school district with a solid, well-educated board that cares about education and is mindful of the taxpayers.”

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The Cambria County school district had a student enrollment of 1,512 in the 2015-16 school year, compared to 5,745 at Manheim Township.

Former Manheim Township superintendent John Nodecker resigned under unclear circumstances only a year and a half into his contract last winter, and later accused the board of forcing him out over disagreements on budgeting and management style. Some board members bit back, saying his exit resulted from lewd conduct, though they had previously said an investigation found no wrongdoing and agreed to a full year, $160,000 buyout of his contract.

The board at that time was also facing intense public scrutiny for operating in secrecy.

Two school board members resigned last summer, and the attorney general’s investigation of possible violations of the state open-meetings law, the Sunshine Act, remains open.

After Nodecker’s departure in January, Williams was in contention to serve as the acting superintendent. The school board, however, hired Martin Hudacs, a retired Solanco superintendent, at a rate of $700 per day. Robin Felty, a Warwick School District administrator, was hired for the permanent position in July.

Williams served as Manheim Township’s director of technology for 10 years and director of instruction for one year before becoming an assistant to the superintendent. His resignation is slated for acceptance at the school board meeting Thursday night.

Unlike the superintendent position, the school board is not responsible for selecting his replacement. That task falls to Felty and the human resources department, though the board must approve all personnel appointments at a public board meeting.

Staff writer Susan Baldrige contributed to this report.