Business Manager To Retire From Warwick [Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA)]
(Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BY LAURA KNOWLES
The Warwick School Board reluctantly approved the retirement of the school district's long-time business manager at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17.
After 31 years as business manager, David Zerbe will be retiring from the Warwick School District on Feb. 28, 2014.
A few board members expressed their reluctance with a "nay" vote, although they understood that Zerbe had made the decision to retire and pursue family and other interests.
"I have three things I want to say," said Zerbe, who thanked his "Lord and Savior," his wife of 35 years, and all the board members and administrators he had worked with over the years.
He commented that he has had a great career and that "Warwick is a great, great community."
"It is a tough thing to step away from," said Zerbe, noting that he was ready to move on to a new chapter in his life, spending more time with his wife and family.
Zerbe has served as business manager for the Warwick School District since 1982. Prior to that he was employed as business manager at Pequea Valley School District and assistant controller at Messiah College. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Geneva College.
In another matter, representatives from the Warwick Education Foundation attended the meeting to present a check for $57,832 to the Warwick School District.
"This check will be used to purchase 120 iPads for the school district," said Grant Hummer, who was joined by Ken Kauffman, Barbara Mobley and Dan Doremus.
Hummer indicated that more than $800,000 has been donated to the school district by the foundation, which was established to help supplement funds for educational needs. In some cases, that includes technology purchases, but money can also be designated for other educational needs and programs in the district.
Also, the board approved the appointment of Ben Sahd as a new member of the school board. Sahd, a Lititz resident, has served on local committees and is active in the community. His wife Beth Ann Sahd was a member of the school board for several years.
Sahd, who will be sworn in at the October school board meeting, is filling the position left vacant when Matthew Knouse resigned from the board in July.
After Knouse submitted his letter of resignation, two community members expressed interest in being considered as candidates. Sahd submitted his bio and answered questions of the board following news that the other candidate was no longer interested.
On Sept. 17, the board approved Sahd's appointment to fill Knouse's unfinished term.
The Warwick School Board also welcomed their youngest board member, Rebecca Goebel, a Warwick High School senior, as the new student representative to the board.
Goebel will serve on the board's education and student activities committees, and as a non-voting member of the board will represent student views to the board.
In her first presentation, Goebel reported on the new Link Crew at the high school, which helps team up freshmen with upper classmen who help them adjust to their new high school experience.
She also discussed the 9/11 tribute that was held in memory of those who died in the terrorism tragedy.
In personnel matters, the board approved the retirement of Robert Fisher as a Warwick High School mathematics teacher.
They also accepted the resignation of Carl Keener as junior high girls assistant basketball coach so that Keener can be approved as the new junior high girls head basketball coach, replacing Katelyn Ream, who resigned.
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