Manheim Township parents call for school board president to resign

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Frustration is growing between parents and Manheim Township School Board members.

That anger could come to a culmination during a meeting Thursday evening, and could lead to the resignation of board president William Murry.

Renne Heller, a mother of four children, is one of the parents who are upset. She read some of the signatures she’s collected on a petition calling for Murry’s resignation. Examples of the comments include “this is unacceptable behavior” and “let’s do what’s right.”

“Trust has been broken and there is no transparency,” Heller said.

The petition started after reports that the board met in secret 11 times last year, which prompted an investigation by the Lancaster County district attorney’s office. Board officials admitted to violating the Sunshine Law.

“Common transparency, easy transparency would have been the easiest way to avoid this entire situation,” Heller said.

Shortly after those secret meetings, superintendent Doctor John Nodecker resigned.

The board never gave a reason for Nodercker’s exit, but ABC 27 News filed a right-to-know request and found the school owes him $160,000 under a separation agreement.

Heller said her frustration hit a climax after a report the board planned to keep residents out of a meeting to find a new superintendent.

“We can’t change the past, so we need to look forward to what we can do in the future,” Heller said. “The best way to for us to regain that trust is if William Murry resigns.”

As of Thursday morning, Heller’s petition had more than 300 signatures.

The 7 p.m. meeting is at Intermediate Unit 13, at 21 Valley Road.

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