Pa. lawmakers aim to curtail public school superintendent severance; how about the secrecy which surrounds it

A high school parking lot awaits its daily inflow of students and facultyState legislators have begun work on long overdue legislation to limit the damage to local taxpayers when a school board and its superintendent part ways.

In Fall 2010, after renewing his contract only a few months earlier, the Gettysburg Area School Board decided it no longer found Supt. Bill Hall acceptable. So, with three and-a-half years left on his contract, they fired him.

Well, not fired – exactly.

“Bill Hall is on administrative leave for personal reasons,” board President Patt Symmes said the day after the Sept. 20, 2010 school board meeting, “and that’s all I can say.”

Placing Hall on “administrative leave” was done in secret, during an executive session … Continue reading …

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