The Oley School Board decided to hire Dr. Tracy S. Shank despite making public commitments they would not do so until her legal issues had been resolved.
Dr. Tracy has been charged with giving a false report to the Stewartstown Police about details regarding her request to investigate a man she believed was following her.
The former Superintendent of the Southeastern School District interviewed for the Assistant Superintendent opening in Oley after the retirement of Dr. Stubits.
At a recent meeting, Dr. Jeffery Zackon issued a statement that the district would not hire the applicant until an investigation had been completed.
Dr. Shank has an arraignment hearing on October 29, 2010.
Board member John Bieber asserted that her legal problems did not change his mind that she was the best candidate for the position of Assistant Superintendent. Mr. Bieber who is Chairman of the Personnel Committee did not like the idea of re-interviewing job applicants, either.
Another board member, Mr. Hannum went further when he impugned the validity of the case against Dr. Shank.
Members of the audience questioned the change of heart and why there was such a rush to hire her. They were also concerned about possible financial exposure to the district if they approved her hiring before her case is adjudicated.
At the time of the vote, she had not been released from her contract from Southeastern School District.
Board members who voted for hiring were, John Bieber, Robert Cappa, Ms. Joanne Ewing, Christopher Hannum, Stephen Burns, Ms. Sherry Shultz.
Board members who voted against were: Robert Heckman, Ralph Richard, Carl Kubitz.