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'Leftist lie': Northeastern appoints interim principal while investigation continues

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Shallow Brook Intermediate School in Manchester, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Northeastern School District has appointed an interim principal at one of its intermediate schools after a probe was launched for its former principal. 

John Carlisle will serve as the interim principal at Shallow Brook Intermediate School, replacing Scott D’Orazio, who earlier this year was accused of posting a meme calling the Black Lives Matter movement a “leftist lie” to his personal Facebook page. 

The unanimous vote during the school board's work session meeting Oct. 5 comes after public hearings for D'Orazio were delayed twice.

D'Orazio's Facebook post came amid a national firestorm over the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police. Protests erupted throughout the country, including in York County.

Scott D’Orazio

Northeastern School District solicitor William J. Zee opened an investigation in June after activists flagged the post.

Superintendent Stacey Sidle later recommended D'Orazio's firing.

Initially, the hearing before the district's school board was scheduled for July. It was postponed until September, but that meeting was also postponed.

School officials have not said why the hearings have been postponed.

No one from the district will discuss whether D'Orazio is still employed there in any capacity, despite repeated questions about the matter Monday and Tuesday.

The York Dispatch on Tuesday filed a Right-to-Know request seeking a copy of any separation agreement between D'Orazio and the school district if it exists.

Carlisle, who previously served as a guidance counselor for Shallow Brook Intermediate, will receive a stipend of $2,000 monthly starting in November to bridge the gap between his current salary and the salary for a principal. He will serve as the interim principal until a permanent replacement is found. 

Carlisle is listed on Shallow Brook's website as the acting principal. 

School board members refused to answer questions regarding D'Orazio's status during the board's regular session Monday night, following two public comments seeking answers.

Sidle did not return calls seeking comment.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.