Dover fires former asst. girls' basketball coach, hires new asst. superintendent

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The Dover Area school board fired its assistant girls' basketball coach and hired York Suburban’s former assistant superintendent at a packed board meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 20.

Aignee Freeland

The unanimous approval by the Dover board to terminate now-former Dover girls’ basketball coach Aignee Freeland, 23, followed a termination last month at the York City School District where Freeland served as a cafeteria aide at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy.

Freeland was charged Jan. 10 with third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor after she allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old player on the Eagles girls’ basketball team.

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

There was no discussion on Freeland's termination during the meeting.

Dover school board president Nathan Eifert declined to comment on Freeland or still-suspended girls’ basketball head coach Kevin Glover on Monday, citing a personnel matter.

New assistant superintendent: Patricia Maloney, the former assistant superintendent of the York Suburban School District, was unanimously approved by the Dover Area school board to serve as the head of curriculum and instruction at Dover.

Dr. Patricia Maloney stands and thanks the Dover School Board and supporters after Board voted to officially make Dr. Maloney the District Assistant Superintendent during the meeting, Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Submitted photo

“We’re very excited to have you with us, Dr. Maloney,” Eifert said.

“I am looking forward to Dr. Maloney continuing the great work she has already started in the Dover district,” Eifert said in a statement Tuesday.

“She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success, and I know that she will have a positive impact on our schools going forward,” Eifert stated.

Maloney had been serving in the role since October with a temporary three-month contract, which started just a little over a month into her retirement from her position with York Suburban School District.

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

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

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 elaborate.

Maloney was unavailable for comment following the meeting.