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CASD Superintendent Leaves, Receiving Over $300k in Separation

New Safe2Say program warned of CASHS threat

At tonight’s Chambersburg Area School District Board meeting, the board accepted the resignation and separation agreement for Dr. Dion Betts, who had been serving as the district’s Superintendent.

During public comment, a resident raised concerns over the $300,000 that the school will pay out in the separation. One resident suggested that the district have shorter contract terms and that the board should have done more due diligence in hiring Dr. Betts as he “had a history of doing this.”

Dr. Betts entered the employment contract with the district on January 22, 2019, with a term starting on July 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2024. His initial starting salary was set at $188,000.

Separation costs

Dr. Betts will receive all compensation including his full salary set forth in his original agreement. This will be paid as a lump sum of $253,623.18, with the district withholding appropriate taxes.

The district will pay $6,915.30 in unused vacation, $1,185.48 in unused personal leave, and $3,675 in unused sick leave. The district will also make a contribution to his 403(b) account of $29,629.22 and $14,625.00 in his 457 accounts.

Widmann appointed Acting Superintendent

The board appointed Mr. Kurt Widmann as Acting Superintendent effective July 1, 2022


Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

Peter Kernan McCrary 1934-2024

Pete grew up in the Washington, DC area and had fond memories of learning to sail on the Potomac River. He was an avid sailor and boat builder for the rest of his life.

Ella G Daywalt 1929-2024

Ella was employed with the Waynesboro Area School District and worked in Mowrey Elementary as a cafeteria aide for many years.

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