BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) — The South Middleton School Board of Directors wrote on their website Friday they reached a mutual agreement with current Superintendent Matt Strine to terminate his employment, with his last day being August 30.
In a letter to the community, the board “thanks Dr. Strine for his service” and “wishes he and his family well.”
“The board has come to a mutual agreement with Dr. Strine. And that’s the date that we agreed upon as well,” Board President Liz Knouse said. “He will be doing all his superintendent duties up through that time frame.”
The board says they plan to appoint James Estep as Acting Superintendent at their meeting on August 16 until a replacement is found. Estep has been a superintendent for almost 20 years, most recently at Mifflin County School District.
“He is energetic,” Knouse said. “I think he thought he was retiring. I mean he was like this close, but now he’s back in the saddle for a little bit. We are happy in Boiling Springs to be able to welcome him.”
“The day before I received that call, I was making plans for retirement. I didn’t expect to be called for something like this that quickly,” Estep said. “I have 17 years in the superintendency. I can’t say that I’ve probably seen everything, but I’ve seen most everything. So, I just offered to come in and see if I could help.”
The announcement comes after criticism regarding Dr. Strine’s Commencement speech in June, which they say a portion of was plagiarized from a 2011 speech by Amy Poehler. Strine wrote it was a “lapse of judgment” and apologized in a public statement.
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In July, the board described it as “unacceptable” but that they couldn’t “address personnel issues” publicly at that time.
The school year begins on August 25.