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Hufnagel Resigns

Amy Stewart appointed to temporary position

February 6, 2013

Brandon Hufnagel, who has served as the superintendent of Warren County Schools for about 18 months, has resigned his position to return to York....

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writer10

Feb-06-13 2:06 AM

what a shame, he came up with a fairly fair and balance plan over the four schools issue. I thought what he came up with was a fair compromise.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Feb-06-13 6:22 AM

In the long run it is a bad plan. Some time in the near future, taxpayers will relize that closing local elementary schools for the sake of keeping four high schools is just plain crazy. After all the money is spent, the kids tranfered. Someone will move into Warren county and ask, why does my 8 year old have to ride a bus for 45 minutes. Wouldn't is more sense for a 15 year old to ride an hour? Why can't the High Schools offer anything besides basic courses? I just dont understand why having a local high school means more to some than their child getting the most opporunities available. Whats done is done. My children will be done soon, and I will be left paying the bill for this selfishness for years to come.

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SpaceLady

Feb-06-13 6:30 AM

Apparently, moving his family to Warren County wasn't an option...must be he liked it here so much but didn't want to live here.

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Darrell

Feb-06-13 6:35 AM

Under his watch Youngsville High School is rated one of the worse in the state. It may have been low when he took office, but he didn't fix it, so I say BYE!

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dubedit

Feb-06-13 7:34 AM

You need to remember, he wasn't a dictator. He came up with a compromise forced upon him by self-centered parents-taxpayers in the Eisenhower area. Schools had to be closed, but instead of closing the obvious choices -- two high schools -- we're putting little kids in with testosterone-overloaded teens, a dangerous mixture. But when you deal with pigheaded me-first chauvinistic people who think they're better than everybody else, that's what you get.

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Darrell

Feb-06-13 8:23 AM

We in Warren County PA are in a once in a lifetime position to kick our local economy into high gear. Just north of us in Chautauqua County, NY there are thousands of people disgruntled with the highest tax rates in the nation and now the most restrictive gun laws. There are dozens of businesses that are getting pinched and squeezed by taxes and over regulation. If we can find the right superintendent for our schools and people can work together to improve our schools we can add one more critical level of appeal that will help attract more people and businesses to our county. We have an unprecedented oppurtunity to greatly broaden our tax base, improve our schools further all while potentially lowering tax rates in the future.

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PleasantMan

Feb-06-13 8:26 AM

What does a five year contract mean? If they wanted to get rid of him they could not but he can leave any time he wishes. Couldn't he wait till the end of the school year?

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Backwoods

Feb-06-13 8:48 AM

Teacher…I also feel that there is more to it, something that we are not being told. I do hope it comes out before a new superintendent is selected. He was not perfect but a good choice for the situation the district has been in.

As for Youngsville’s low scores, did he take the tests? What is being done or not done there that is causing below standard rating that has not effected the other three parts of the district?

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Darrell

Feb-06-13 9:12 AM

I may live in Warren County, but I am deeply entwined in Chautauqua County. I can see with a high degree of certainty that if we can improve our schools we will see a significant influx of people and business. There are other counties in PA that are aggressively recruiting Chautauqua County and other NYS businesses. And there are numerous takers. One recruitment tool is schools and I am absolutely amazed that someone could be as near sigheted and tunnel visioned not to see that.

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MTOMTO

Feb-06-13 9:25 AM

"When a problem comes along You must whip it"

"Before the cream sets out too long You must whip it"

"When something's goin' wrong You must whip it"

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lalala

Feb-06-13 10:08 AM

In August, he announced to the faculty and staff that his wife was expecting their second child in February.

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notaxes

Feb-06-13 10:32 AM

maybe a conflict with King Arthur????

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Mamaofateenandtot

Feb-06-13 10:46 AM

Yikes!! $125,000 a year salary especially around here. That looks like a good place to start with a budget cut.

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MaryBennett

Feb-06-13 1:00 PM

I really hate when people talk about "self-centered parents-taxpayers in the Eisenhower are...pigheaded me-first chauvinistic people who think they're better than everybody else."

Why shouldn't the people in the Northern Attendance Area have a say in how their taxpayer money is spent? Why shouldn't we have our own local schools? It is really annoying that unless you live in Youngsville or Warren you apparently aren't allowed to have an opinion nor try to fight for what you want.

If you really wanted to keep those elementary schools open then you should have fought harder and not just blamed the Northern Area.

Another writer said, "why does my 8 year old have to ride a bus for 45 minutes," then followed up with, "I just dont understand why having a local high school means more to some than their child getting the most opporunities available." So it is okay for the Northern Area students to ride the bus for an hour but not your kids?

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MaryBennett

Feb-06-13 1:01 PM

That same person also said that he would be stuck paying his taxes even after his kids are done. Yes. Welcome to the world. You have to pay for for the schools even if you don't have kids going to them. If only people with kids paid school tax our schools wouldn't be able to run. Get over it - just like the Northern Area students and parents have to get over their injustices.

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MaryBennett

Feb-06-13 1:04 PM

And finally someone is complaining that their elementary school students have to go to school with students too old for them?

How do you think most people in the Eisenhower and Sheffield areas feel about that? But we don't have a choice anymore and are dealing with the future construction. Do you really think that we want our students going to one school? Yes, they say the schools will be separated but in order to get the true cost savings that they say ($2 million a year) they have to be connected so they can actually share facilities and personnel. Should a kindergartener actually be in the same building as a 12th grader? Do you think that they will actually be separated at all times? If you think or say yes you are dreaming - not if you want that $2 million in savings.

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garypayton

Feb-06-13 1:38 PM

You're a hater alright, Mary. You said so yourself. You folks kick and scream and pout and threaten - you get exactly what you want, yet you still complain. And hate.

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garypayton

Feb-06-13 1:40 PM

And we're sick of hearing how you FEEL. We know already.

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garypayton

Feb-06-13 1:41 PM

Injustices... Good grief!!

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garypayton

Feb-06-13 1:42 PM

I had to do the multiple posts for maximum effect. Just like Mary.

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justobserving

Feb-06-13 2:04 PM

Must really hate change, would not even let a Dollar General into town!!!

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SillyGoose

Feb-06-13 3:48 PM

"We are in the midst of an intelligent building plan and we now have time to focus on areas of educational improvement."

Wow - Stewart says the board now has time to focus on improving education. Anyone actually believe that is going to happen? If so, I have a bridge for sale!

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Brazil

Feb-06-13 4:30 PM

Really, $125,000 is something we should be looking at cutting. Have you looked at the budget, the number of students and the geographic range of the District and then looked at comparative data? To me, $125,000 is a good deal.

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therealdeal

Feb-06-13 4:49 PM

I agree,$125,000 is not a lot of money for that position.You have school supers in N.Y. making that much and they only have one school to worry about.

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Mamaofateenandtot

Feb-06-13 5:44 PM

I make about a third of that. This is not NYC. The cost of living here is less expensive then the big cities. I have a hard time believing that we couldn't get someone for around $80,000 a year. There's alot of college educated people out there looking for a job. $80,000 a year in this area is pretty good wages.

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