In November 2009, the vote to extend the contract of Donegal School Board Superintendent Shelly Riedel met with opposion from some members of the public who attended the board meeting.
According to LandcasterOnline.com, Mary Gildae urged the board not to renew Riedel’s contract.
“I’m a taxpayer, I have a child in the district, and I’m a former employee of the district. Everything changed in 2007 when Riedel became superintendent,” she said. “Some of you may have experience working in a hostile environment.”
She said Riedel belittled employees and micromanaged district operations to the point of creating a work environment that was “stressful and an unpleasant situation.”
She accused Riedel of controlling staff through condescension and superiority.
“It has been all downhill since then,” she said. “Teachers with 20-plus years of experience were demoralized, and new teachers were overwhelmed by the micromanagement.”
Her comments were met with applause from the audience.
The board members ultimately voted to extend Riedel’s contract.