The Dover Area School Board accepted the resignation of its acting superintendent and named a new temporary district leader Monday.

The board also voted to allow the public to see its latest budget proposal, which includes a 1.4 percent tax increase.

In an 8-1 vote, the board accepted Jason Conway's resignation as acting superintendent, which he submitted to the district on May 23. His resignation is effective at 11:59 p.m. June 30.

Julie Ann Emig, who has been a proponent for making Conway Dover's superintendent, voted against the measure.

Conway said after the meeting that he has been named the new superintendent of Lake Forest School District in Felton, Del.

"This was a national search in which I was selected to become the new superintendent," he said. "It's kind of cool. The district is comparable in size to Dover. It's much more diverse, so I'm looking forward to being there."

The move returns him to the state where he once had been a social studies teacher in the Caesar Rodney School District.

"I never thought I'd be going back to Delaware," he said. "But I accept that I wasn't a good fit for Dover. I started holding people accountable, citing policy for basis of decisions, following procedures. I've learned that for a superintendent and a school board, there has to be a certain fit in goals and styles. I'm forthright, and that seems to fit better for Lake Forest."


Another change: In another 8-1 vote, the board voted to return Conway to the assistant superintendent position he was hired to in April 2013. He became the acting superintendent when Robert Krantz retired from the position in January.

The new acting superintendent, as of May 24, is Joel Riedel, who has been serving as the district's director of instruction and pupil personnel services.

Board member Kristen Ventre voted against the move, calling it a "punishment" against Conway.

The board will now need to find a superintendent and assistant superintendent for the district.

The first move will be to find a new district leader, and board members unanimously voted to work with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to organize focus groups for the superintendent search. The cost is $750.

Budget: The board approved a proposed final budget that includes a 1.4 percent tax increase that would generate $381,460 for the district. The proposal also calls for using $1.99 million from the district's fund balance. The tax increase and fund balance use would help close a $1.9 million gap in the budget, which has revenue of $54 million but $55.98 million in expenditures.

The district's current millage rate is 21.5 mills. If the proposed increase is passed, the rate would increase about 0.3 mills, which means a person with a property valued at $150,000 would see a tax increase of $45.15.

The board has until June 30 to adopt a final budget, said Terry Emig, the board's president. The board's next meeting is June 2.

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