State audit: Ex-West York principal paid $550 per day to not work

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A separation agreement for a former West York Area High School principal will cost taxpayers nearly $195,000, Pennsylvania’s auditor general said Wednesday.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he launched an audit following reports that after former principal Dr. Janet May was told to stop coming to work, she was permitted to use 266 days of accrued leave until she qualifies for retirement in March.

DePasquale said the separation package will cost district taxpayers $194,981. He said that’s $167,898 more than it would have cost if the principal had resigned or retired when they stopped reporting to school in February.

DePasquale said the school board approved the separation agreement during a public meeting but did not calculate or disclose the costs involved.

The district has still not said why May was told to stop coming to work or what led to her separation agreement totals.

In the same state audit, it was also discovered that the district’s sexual harassment policy has not been reviewed in nearly a decade. DePasquale said the district has not recently implemented any sort of training on the topic.

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