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The York Suburban school board accepted Superintendent Michele Merkle's resignation Monday, Sept. 25, 2016. Junior Gonzalez

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The York Suburban school board approved a bonus for a district employee who served as the "point of contact" after the sudden medical leave and still-unexplained resignation of former York Suburban Superintendent Michele Merkle.

The board unanimously approved a $5,000 stipend for Corinne Mason, who is the director of finance at the district.

The stipend will be deferred to her traditional 403(b) retirement savings account. The stipend is for "additional administrative duties and responsibilities on behalf of the district" during the current school year, according to the motion on the board agenda.

Other board members thanked Mason, calling the bonus well-deserved.

Mason juggles several responsibilities at the district, including the district's $55 million budget as well as serving as the school board secretary and the district's Right-to-Know officer.

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'Point of contact': Mason became the "point of contact" after Merkle took a leave of absence on Sept. 14 and then-Assistant Superintendent Patricia Maloney retired on Sept. 15, leaving a leadership vacuum at the top of the administration.

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In the two months since Merkle's leave of absence, Mason has received 24 Right-to-Know requests, mostly pertaining to the former superintendent. In all of 2016, there were 19 requests made to the district.

Reach education reporter Junior Gonzalez via email at jgonzalez@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @EducationYD.

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