Last updated: May 12. 2014 9:58PM - 2231 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent

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DALLAS TWP. — Parents of the Dallas School District’s Wycallis Elementary School voiced concerns Monday regarding the loss of Principal Paul Reinhert as he moves to the position of middle school principal.

A petition presented to the board contained 247 parent signatures in opposition to Reinhert’s exit from his position as principal at Wycallis.

Many teachers also were in attendance at the meeting, and opposed the move.

Reinhert, addressing attendees, said the district was a “team,” and that as part of a team, he was changing positions. He encouraged attendees to be positive in their remarks and respectful to staff and administration.

“Mr. Reinhert greets children daily and seems to know everyone. Education of elementary students is his passion,” said parent Mary Mansfield, who has children in first the third grades.

Melissa Chamberlain said she was concerned Reinhert’s exit would negatively impact the behavior of students. She said Reinhert had worked hard to reinforce improvements made during his tenure as principal.

Parent Karim Letwinsky said that as the parent of a special-needs child, she was concerned the balance achieved at the school would fail.

“I believe that excellence is being dismantled,” said Letwinsky.

Reinhert’s move was necessitated by Thomas Duffy leaving his position as middle school principal to become assistant to Superintendent Frank Galicki in anticipation of Galicki’s future retirement.

Reinhert’s present duties as principal at Wycallis will be assumed by Tom Traver, principal at Dallas Elementary School, who will then head both district elementary schools.

Responding to the concerns, Galicki said such decisions were never easy and were not necessarily unanimous.

In another matter, the board approved a plan of action for the construction of an athletic field to serve several district athletic teams, including state contracted pricing estimates, and vendors for the project.

In another matter, Joe Leonard, president of the Dallas Aquatic Club, said, although the club substantially contributes to the district in return for use of the pool, the pool had recently been unavailable without any explanation.

Board President Larry Schuler said the board was in the process of replacing board member Fred Parry, who recently “went to be the Lord.”

A moment of silence was observed for Parry, who was a longtime and outspoken member of the board.

The next meeting of the School Board will be on June 9 at 7 p.m.

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