School board president Arnie Jansen resigns

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Citing job responsibilities, Greencastle-Antrim school board president Arnie Jansen turned in a letter of resignation at the Nov. 18 meeting. He was not present and superintendent C. Gregory Hoover read the missive to the board. Written Nov. 5 and effective Dec. 31, Jansen said it was "with deep regret" that he had to step down.

He said his job duties at First Data had changed and required more of his time. "Remaining on the board would be short changing the students, staff, administration, board members and the citizens of our great community," he wrote.

The board reluctantly accepted the resignation. Jansen served since 2004, becoming president Dec. 3, 2009. A new president will be elected at the organizational meeting Dec. 2.

Hoover said citizens interested in filling the vacancy could submit letters of interest by Dec. 20. The board had 30 days to appoint someone, with the person named at the Jan. 20 meeting. That member would also have to run in the 2011 election to keep the spot.

In other business, the board entered into an agreement with the Chambersburg Area School District to use their employee, Kevin Weller, as project manager for the G-ASD building and renovation project. Weller's daily rate would be $419.57 as he was needed. If EI Architects supplied a construction manager, at six percent of the project cost, it would run $1.7 million, Hoover said. The district would save substantially by sharing services, as it would take 11 years on the job every day to reach the alternative expense, he pointed out.