Baldwin-Whitehall School Board Eliminates Controversial District Job

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In a 9 to 0 vote tonight, the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board tonight decided to eliminate the job of Assistant to the Superintendent.

The motion was introduced by board member Martin Schmotzer.

It was Schmotzer’s resignation from the board last month, and his immediate appointment to the newly created $120,000 a year post that created a public outcry about the how the board acted with no public input.

Wednesday night’s meeting was moved to the high school auditorium because of the large turnout that was anticipated. The 57-year-old Schmotzer referred to the controversy as “the 800-pound elephant in the room.”

The large crowd repeatedly cheered loudly when speakers called for the resignation of Schmotzer and school directors who voted in favor of awarding him the job last month.

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