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GASD School Board Focuses on Athletics; Does not Discuss COVID-19

With a round of applause from the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) school board, current president Kenneth Hassinger was unanimously elected on Monday evening to remain in his position for another year.  Al Moyer was unanimously voted to remain as vice president.

Solicitor Bob McQuaide was also reappointed for another term and board member Amy Beth Hodges was elected as the legislative liaison committee chairperson.

With no discussion, the board approved its revised health and safety plan to take into account recent COVID-related changes required by the state. The board did not discuss what changes had been made and the document was not made available to the public on the board’s documents page.


In a split vote the board approved moving the GASD sports programs to the Mid-Penn Athletic League, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.   

Responding to a question about the advantages of the move, Athletic Director Casey Thurston said there could be negative effects for some teams but that overall coaches were in favor of the move.

Thurston said the benefits included reduced travel time to events and better competitiveness. 

High school principal Jeremy Lusk said many people had asked for the change and that it was the “general will” of the stakeholders to make the move.

Thurston said some teams might seek non-conference games to augment their schedules.

Board members Kathleen Pratt and Timon Linn voted against the change.


The board also moved forward toward approval of a $915,000 project that would replace the floor and make other modifications to the school’s auxiliary gym. If approved, the project would be part of a broader $16.7 million renovation of the school’s HVAC system.

The board members discussed the needs for the gym work and how it would be used by students. High school principal Jeremy Lusk said the modification would make the room more usable and board member Carrie Soliday said the space has been insufficient for some time.

The board will vote on the plan at a special meeting next Monday.

Hodges gave a synopsis of current legislation pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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