The local print newspaper announced today that two elementary principals are leaving PSD. The revolving door out of Pottstown continues.
Dr. Angela Tuck (Edgewood) and Robert Giering (Barth) have taken positions at two distinguished elementary schools. Both schools have received a 10 out of 10 rating from Great Schools.org. Dr. Tuck is bound for Swarthmore Rutledge School in Delaware County and Robert Giering is joining the Downingtown School District at Uwchlan Hills Elementary School. Both Tuck and Giering will be principals at their new schools.
Dr. Tuck has been with PSD for 10 years. Giering has been with PSD for 6 ½ years.
The school district and Task Force are in turmoil; no thanks to Mr. Hylton’s constant meddling. People are not going to stick around PSD to end up out of a job. Especially high-caliber employees like Terri Lampe, Angela Tuck and Robert Giering. These people have marketable skills as shown by their rapid departures.
These headlines will be repeated over and over. The longer this climate of uncertainty continues the more people will leave. If Team Hylton wins in November, the end draws nigh.
It is hard to keep good people around Pottstown because eventually they a. get tired of the lack forward momentum or b. they fall out of favor with certain powerful politicos.
The latest casualty is Terri Lampe. Ms. Lampe was Pottstown’s Economic Development Director until Mr. Hylton decided she was not on his bobble-head hit parade. If you follow SavePottstown you know all about Mr. Hylton’s feelings toward strong, intelligent women. Ms. Lampe then took a similar position with the school district (finding money) and from all accounts she was fairly successful.
So one has to wonder – Why would Ms. Lampe up and leave PSD to go work for the Wyomissing School District in suburban Reading? I think there are several answers:
David Krem was well liked here in Pottstown and is now the Superintendent of the Wyomissing School District. I would suspect David Krem thinks highly of Ms. Lampe.
Wyomissing School District is in better shape than PSD, financially and scholastically (no offense intended at PSD). Job security!
I would suspect since Mr. Hylton is not on the school board in Wyomissing, the climate is much friendlier. Ms. Lampe was hired by a unanimous vote, according to the Reading Eagle. If Mr. Hylton and his “team” win the election in November, then certain PSD staffers are in jeopardy. Ms. Lampe was not letting any grass grow under her feet waiting for election results. Who wants to work in a hostile environment?
Sadly, there are others who Mr. Hylton would like to “get out of his way”. If he gains control of the school board in November it will only be a matter of time until they are gone – on their terms or Mr. Hylton’s terms.
Responsible Tom strikes again (maybe only as a contributing factor, nevertheless I am surmising he factored into that decision).
Best wishes to Ms. Lampe in her new position as Development Director of the Wyomissing School District.