Dr. Francis Leskowicz, who has been the Upper Perkiomen School District (UPSD) substitute superintendent since last December, will be returning to his former post as assistant superintendent and the board will soon begin the process of searching for a permanent replacement.
According to Board President William Scott, Leskowicz asked to return to his previous position. School officials have now decided to conduct a search to fill the open superintendent position.
Scott said that the board will hire former UPSD Superintendent Dr. Tim Kirby as interim Superintendent and search consultant beginning July 1st to assist the board in the selection process.
A press release issued today by Scott stated, "We believe Dr. Kirby will best serve the board and the district in the dual capacity."
Kirby served as superintendent from August 2004 until his retirement in February 2012. He has more than 39 years of experience in public education.
Leskowicz, was named substitute superintendent to take over the administrative duties when Dr. Beth Yonson resigned. Yonson, who was two years into a five-year contract, resigned as of Dec. 2, 2013 due to an "unspecified medical condition," according to a press release issued by the district in November. Yonson will be on medical leave until June 30.
According to her separation and release agreement approved at the December 2013 school board meeting, Yonson was permitted to work off-campus from Dec. 2-13, including attending a Wharton School leadership course already reserved for Dec. 9-12, at the district's expense, not including travel reimbursements.
It was reported that after she exhausted 26 paid sick days and 14 unused vacation days, she would be on sick leave until June. The district is solely responsible to pay her for her sick leave, per state school code. The estimated cost of the expense to the district is $59,000.
Under the agreement Yonson continues to receive healthcare and medical benefits until June 30, and is not entitled to those benefits after that date.
No date has been announced for the completion of the process.