South Western's athletic director submits resignation, faces trial

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

South Western School District's athletic director has submitted his resignation, according to district Superintendent Jay Burkhart.

Kurt D. Brenner's resignation will be considered at the South Western school board's next meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 23, Burkhart told The York Dispatch.

On Wednesday, April 18, Brenner appeared before District Judge Thomas Reilly for a preliminary hearing, where he waived his right to that proceeding, according to court records.

Kurt Brenner

Reilly then scheduled Brenner's formal court arraignment for May 25.

Brenner, 31, of Quartz Ridge Drive in Jackson Township, remains free on $7,500 bail, charged with strangulation, simple assault and harassment.

Brenner's attorney, Andrew Ziegler, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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The allegations: Northern York County Regional Police allege Brenner assaulted his wife the night of March 16 after a social gathering at their home where alcohol was consumed.

During the alleged assault, Brenner shoved his wife's head between couch cushions, blocking her nose and mouth, according to charging documents.

Candise Brenner said she "saw stars" and had trouble breathing, the affidavit states, at one point yelling to her husband, "You're going to kill me."

Kurt Brenner feigned sleep after officers arrived and denied his wife's version of events, according to documents.

His eyes bloodshot and glassy, he told officers he was asleep the entire time, documents state.

Athletic director: At the time of his arrest, Kurt Brenner was the athletic director for South Western School District.

Burkhart declined to say whether Brenner is currently on suspension, citing the advice of the district's solicitor.

Brenner was hired by the school board in October 2017 at an annual salary of $81,000, according to meeting minutes.

He led the athletics department at Hanover High School before his hiring at South Western.

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