SUNBURY– Another change at Superintendent in the Shikellamy School District, but this time it wasn’t expected. Current interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scholvin abrubtly resigned and left during the meeting, citing the school board wasn’t listening to him. He left to a standing ovation. The board then hired a new interim superintendent, Dr. Jason Bendle, who will later take over on a permanent basis.
Dr. Bendle says he believes in academic excellence, student growth, and student safety, “I believe that I also have to be a steward of the taxpayer dollar, but within that, offer every opportunity that I can to the students of Shikellamy within our means.”
Dr. Bendle most recently served as Superintendent of the Danville Area School District. He says he believes the community should play a role in raising children,”I’m a big believer that it takes a village to raise a child, and I think that’s something that’s lost in today’s society. One thing I will do is work to continue to strengthen that bond between the community and the district.”
Dr. Bendle’s salary for the first year at Shikellamy will be $120,000. The board says his service will begin in June.