Assistant coach's termination on Dover board agenda

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The Dover Area school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, on several hot topics, including the termination of a suspended assistant girls' basketball coach, the construction of a new high school and a new assistant superintendent.

Tuesday's regular board meeting is the first since a meeting Jan. 18.

Assistant coach: That meeting included a dramatic public comment section in which several residents criticized the district for its suspension of girls' basketball head coach Kevin Glover amid an investigation after assistant girls' basketball coach Aignee Freeland, 23, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

Aignee Freeland

Freeland later posted bail and is scheduled for arraignment March 2, according to court documents.

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In addition to his suspension at Dover, Glover was suspended from his other jobs at an alternative school contracted by the York City School District as well as Spooky Nook Sports, but he has since been reinstated at both positions, according to respective company spokespeople.

Kevin Glover

While Glover's status with the district is not mentioned on the agenda for the Feb. 20 meeting, Freeland's name is listed under consideration for termination.

Freeland was fired by the York City School District, where she worked as a cafeteria aide at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, on Jan. 22.

High school project (almost) official: Another item on the board agenda is a motion to “approve and support” the construction of a new Dover Area High School at the site of the current intermediate school building and the renovation of the existing high school building for intermediate students.

The $65 million project would be funded by two general obligation bond issues in 2018 and 2019.

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The district’s millage rate, a standard by which property taxes are calculated, would increase by 2.16 mills spread out over eight years to finance the project, according to an economic impact chart prepared by the district.

If approved, construction is expected to begin in July with a target completion date of August 2020.

Maloney to stay: In addition to considering Freeland’s termination, the Dover Area school board is expected to vote on another personnel item.

Patricia Maloney — who has served as Dover's interim assistant superintendent since October, a month after retiring from the York Suburban School District — is up for appointment as permanent assistant superintendent.

Maloney was the alleged victim of workplace harassment while at York Suburban under the leadership of former district Superintendent Michele Merkle.

In this file photo, York Suburban Superintendent Shelly Merkle gives an update on her district during a news conference regarding the Campaign for Fair Education Funding at the York City School administrative building in York City, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

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Merkle was charged with two counts of criminal mischief on Nov. 28 after vandalizing two vehicles driven by Maloney in the hours before a school board committee meeting on Sept. 11, according to charging documents.

Maloney retired Sept. 15 only to be hired by Dover 32 days later in a similar role.

After applying for a diversionary program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, Merkle is scheduled to appear Feb. 27 in York County Court, where a judge will decide whether Merkle can forgo a conviction stemming from the September incident.

According to York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King, Merkle must bring $3,362.64 in restitution for Maloney and a letter of apology to the Feb. 27 hearing, as well as other terms that he declined to elucidate.