Central Dauphin won't renew superintendent's contract

Patriot News

by Marijon Shearer

The Central Dauphin School Board voted 7-2 Monday not to renew the contract of Superintendent Luis B. Gonzalez when it expires on July 12.

Board member Christian Malesic, who voted against the measure along with Assistant Secretary Michael Brehm, made an impassioned appeal in Gonzalez’s favor.

Malesic credited Gonzalez with saving the district $13.5 million on its transportation budget, bringing its rating under No Child Left Behind from “worst case scenario” to the “equivalent of an A,” and balancing the budget “for the first time in decades” without a tax increase.

“We just want to go in a different direction,” board President Ford Thompson said after the meeting. “A significant majority of the board felt we should do this,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the board has begun a search to replace Gonzalez, who came to the district in 2009 from San Antonio.