Northeastern school chief could lose job over criminal charges

Jessica Schladebeck
  • Superintendent was charged in December following a domestic incident
  • All charges against the superintendent were forwarded to York County Court for trial
  • The Department of Education has filed for Minnich's "immediate suspension"

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken the steps to have Northeastern Superintendent Shawn Minnich's teaching certificate suspended.

Shawn Minnich

Minnich in December allegedly broke into his estranged wife's home in East Manchester Township where police say he threatened her and assaulted her boyfriend, who later testified in a preliminary hearing that he had feared for his life during the incident. Minnich has been charged with with aggravated assault — which is a first degree felony — burglary, making terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and harassment.

After his preliminary hearing last month, all charges against the superintendent were forwarded to York County Court for trial.

Career ramifications: The department, in light of the charges, in an email said it has "filed for the immediate suspension of Mr. Minnich's teaching certificate and employment eligibility."

According to the Educator Discipline Act, the department is "to immediately suspend the certificate of a professional educator indicted for" certain crimes. Minnich had 15 days from the date of department's filing of the suspension to request a hearing before the Professional Standards and Practices Commission.

The department received a request for a hearing on Friday, which, according to the discipline act, will be held within 15 days of the request.

Northeastern School District could not be reached for comment.

After the December incident, the district posted the following message on its website: "Under the advice of our solicitor, the district has no public comment with regard to the charges filed against our superintendent. This is a personnel matter and the district remains committed to providing the best possible education to every student."

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