Questions remain after Juniata superintendent resigns


State police are investigating after the resignation last week of Juniata County School superintendent Keith Yarger.

The district attorney also received numerous calls from concerned citizens.  

Thursday’s meeting was packed with concerned parents and community members, some people even opened up windows to listen from outside.

Unfortunately, no questions were answered about why Yarger is resigning.

There are a lot of rumors circulating about unethical activities Yarger and some school board members have been involved in, but none of those allegations were discussed Thursday.

What is clear is that many taxpayers have long distrusted Yarger. One of their primary suspicions dates back to last year’s consolidation of Juniata County’s elementary schools. 

Yarger spearheaded the consolidation and the county went from having seven elementary schools to just two, causing some children to have extremely long bus rides.

We didn’t receive any information about why Yarger is resigning or investigation, but the board did announce that Dr. Shawn Kovac, the executive director of Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, will be the interim superintendent, starting Monday.

“By getting five out of nine board members to vote his way on every vote on consolidation, I believe that he created the culture — or they created the culture with him that he had enough power that he could do what he wanted,” said taxpayer Paula Lauver.

“District personnel and representatives immeditately responded to inquiries when state police, on Monday, both our solicitors met at length with them and explained that the district will fully cooperate in any investigation upon receipt of a subpoena,” board president Danny Snyder said.

The date of Yarger’s resignation is set for April, according to Thursday night’s agenda.

It is unclear if he will continue to get paid.

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