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Scranton School Superintendent Resigns, Board Accepts, Criticisms Thrown

There’s been a major shake-up in leadership in the Scranton School District.

Monday night the school board voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Bill King.

At a special school board meeting called for personnel issues, the school board when right to the top of the employee list.

This bomb shell was dropped on those here at the administration building.

“The Personnel Committee recommends the acceptance of the resignation of Superintendent William F. King,” said board member Armand Martinelli.

The superintendent of schools and long-time district employee Bill King is out as of October 1 of this year.

The board voted 8 to 1 to accept it.

King was not at the meeting and no reason was given for why he was leaving, only that this is a voluntary resignation.

But then the claws came out as Board President Kathleen McGuigan laid into the board.

She accused some members of trying to dictate how the district is run, implying they had a hand in why Mr. King is stepping down.

“Some board members are in constant communication with the superintendent and central office administration, meddling in the day to day operations of the school district,” said McGuigan. “They actually believe it is a part of their role, it is not.”

McGuigan particularly targeted board member Cy Douaihy and he returned fire.

“Your lack of leadership in that seat has been astonishing. The criticisms you have leveled at me tonight are absolutely inaccurate, not truthful and bear no resemblance to the reality,” said Douiahy.

Now, it will be up to this seemingly divided school board to find Mr. King’s replacement.

“It`s going to be difficult with the board that sits here,” said McGuigan.

Mr. King had a contract with district through 2018.

The board president would only say is Mr. King and board agreed on a settlement that would allow him to leave.

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  • Greg B.

    1. “At a special school board meeting called for personnel issues, the school board WHEN right to the top of the employee list.”

    2. Bombshell is one word.

    3. “Mr. King had a contract WITH DISTRICT through 2018.”

    4. “The board president would only say IS Mr. King and board agreed on a settlement that would allow him to leave.”

    Maybe you folks should consider another line of work? This is getting borderline ridiculous and insulting – I can’t believe writing of that quality actually gets released to the public! C’MON!

  • John

    President McGuigan is correct. The school board is not involved in the day to day running of the school, let alone an individual board member. That jobs rests with the superintendent. If there is an issue then the entire board sits down to discuss it as an individual board member has no authority on his own. Sad to see such a divided board when the bottom line should be the children the school is entrusted to educate.

  • Charlie Lucky

    The board president would only say is Mr. King and board agreed on a settlement that would allow him to leave.
    I would like to know the price tag of his resignation?????? NO PROBLEM, JUST RAISE THE SCHOOL TAX, AGAIN!!!

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