Ex-Sinking Springs principal can't reapply with Central York or contact district

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Former Sinking Springs Elementary School Principal Joel C. Gugino is persona non grata at Central York School District, where the educator worked for decades before resigning suddenly last month.

The Central York school board unanimously approved Gugino’s resignation Nov. 20.

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He will receive a lump sum payment for 68 unused vacation days at $100 per day and payment of unused sick days as of Jan. 29 — his last formal day with the district, according to a separation-and-release agreement reached between Gugino and the Central York School District.

‘Irrevocable resignation’: Gugino went on leave based on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act on Nov. 6, earlier than previously known.

The agreement — signed by Gugino, Central York school board President Eric Wolfgang and board secretary Brent Kessler — states under a section titled “irrevocable resignation” that Gugino is not allowed to return to work or contact the district during his FMLA leave and cannot re-apply for employment at the district ever again.

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The initial agenda item on Gugino’s resignation during Central York’s Nov. 20 board meeting listed his resignation date as Jan. 30 “upon conclusion of FMLA leave.”

No reason has been given for Gugino’s resignation.

In the agreement, there is a clause stating that both Gugino and the district “will not disparage each other in any way or manner or discuss the terms or circumstances” that led to the agreement.

When asked for a resignation letter through a Right to Know Law request, the district’s spokeswoman and Right-to-Know Law officer Julie Randall Romig responded “no such record exists.”

Staff and parents were notified of Gugino’s resignation via email on the same night the agreement was signed, according to Romig.

The separation-and-release agreement is the first document outlining the terms of Gugino’s departure from the district.

Along with his severance, Gugino will continue to receive medical benefits through Jan. 31, according to the agreement.

Superintendent Michael Snell declined comment through Romig, citing a personnel item.