by Megan Schiffres
KILMARNOCK—A crowd filled the Lancaster County Public Schools annex Tuesday night. Teachers, parents and concerned citizens hoped to hear the school board’s decision on whether to renew superintendent Dr. Steven Parker’s contract.
However, the crowd was disappointed when the school board took no action regarding Dr. Parker’s contract.
Despite the board’s inaction Tuesday, members heard comments from over 20 speakers who testified in support of Dr. Parker and demanded his contract be renewed.
“We’re too tired and it’s hard to really digest what everybody said,” said school board chairman Audrey Thomasson after the meeting was adjourned.
According to Thomasson, the board will try to meet again sometime this week to make a decision on the superintendent’s contract renewal.
Board members did hear a presentation from Dr. Parker on a draft budget for the 2019-20 fiscal cycle, which totals $17,384,611, an increase of $717,462 compared to last year’s budget.
Because the meeting occurred long after the Record news deadline, more complete stories on Tuesday night’s school board meeting will appear in the February 21 issue.