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Chambersburg School Board votes to renew Superintendent's Contract

School board members voted 6-3 Wednesday night to renew Dr. Joe Padasak's contract. His new contract takes effect in July 2014.
CHAMBERSBURG, PA - Superintendent Dr. Joe Padasak will now add yet another term under his belt.

School board members voted 6-3 Wednesday night to renew Dr. Padasak's contract. His new contract takes effect in July 2014.

Those in favor say it was necessary to provide security for the school in the coming years. This decision, even after the large numbers that showed up opposing the renewal.

"As a teacher I have gone for a year and half or more without a contract and we are now considering voting on contracts six months prior when they're due which coincidentally leaves out all the newly elected board members," said one speaker who stated herself as a teacher.

"What I see before this vote now before the new board members have a chance to come on board is anything but a transparency," said one resident.

"The scheduled vote to extend the contract of a superintendent of a broken school district presents every appearance of sneaking in a decision favorable to Dr. Padasak before the inevitable shift in power," said another resident.

The community pleaded with the board to hold off on any decision until the January deadline, enough time for three new board members to have a say. The community says it's not the first time they've been unhappy with school officials' decisions.

"If my CEO had this type of record he would be removed immediately."

"I was one of the ones that had gone to the voting ballot and I don't want my time to be wasted for voting for who I thought was the better to take Padasak's job."

A school board vote residents say they'll remember at future polls.

"It's not time for a hasty vote I ask that we do not go ahead and do this without the new board members the new board members have a say in this."

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