Jersey Shore school superintendent goes on sick leave, resigns

JERSEY SHORE – After working in the Jersey Shore Area School District for 19 years, nine of those as district superintendent, Richard Emery will resign at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year.

The announcement was made at Monday’s school board meeting. Emery did not attend.

In fact, the board said, he has been on sick leave since Oct. 1.

The board did not comment on Emery’s ailment.

He will remain on sick leave until June 30, 2014, at which time his resignation will take effect.

Dr. Dorothy Chappel, assistant superintendent, will serve as acting superintendent in Emery’s absence.

The only statements from the board on Emery’s resignation came from President Shelley Helm, who read a written statement.

“The board of directors and Mr. Emery are very proud of the staff, students and community of Jersey Shore Area School District for their hard work, dedication and support of our schools,” she said as part of the statement.

Helm also noted that Emery will provide transition support as necessary and as his health permits.

According to the district’s website, Emery has served there as an assistant principal, building principal and director of student achievement before being appointed as superintendent in 2004. He began his career in the Milton Area School District.

The announcement of Emery’s resignation was not on Monday’s agenda but was an addendum.

In other business, the board heard an update on the Jersey Shore Elementary School construction project. Brian Haines, of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, reported that the lower section of classrooms, administration space, a section of bathrooms and the school’s library all have been completed.

He said after students report back from winter break in January, 22 classrooms will be “100 percent complete.”

Work then will continue, targeting the beginning of the following school year to complete the project.

He also noted that the building should receive a LEED silver certification. The certification identifies it as a “green building.”

By having the certification, the district will see an increased reimbursement for the project, as well as energy and water savings.