Central Dauphin superintendent resigns

By Bill Bostic

Central Dauphin School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson announced her resignation Monday from the position effective June 30 and her intention to retire from public education.

She was appointed to the position in 2012. Prior to becoming the superintendent, she was the district’s assistant superintendent and a principal at Linglestown Middle School and Central Dauphin High School.

Despite a long list of accomplishments that Johnson noted in her resignation speech, she said it was time to move on and allow someone else to deal with criticisms and controversies that have cropped up in recent months.

Following her announcement, board member Justin Warren expressed disappointment in the board’s lack of civility, dismissive nature and critical tone. He went on to challenge fellow board member Richard Mazzatesta about an email he shared with board members about the district’s state assessment data.

Board chairman Ford Thompson expressed regret and sadness about Johnson’s resignation.

“It’s not OK for the acrimony to occur over the last 17 months,” he said.

The meeting ended with Central Dauphin East principal Dr. Jesse Rawls, Jr. and other district employees thanking Johnson for her service to the district.
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This story was first published by PennLive.com.