Knauss resigns from school board

Keith Knauss is no longer a member of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board. Knauss announced his resignation in an email to the administration and fellow school board directors in an email over the weekend. The resignation was effective immediately.

In the email, Knauss said there were several reasons, some personal some not.

One issue was the recent contract with the teachers’ union. He said, “Some may wonder whether the recent teacher contract was a factor. Yes it was, but probably not for the reason one might think. I ran again for office two years ago specifically to participate in negotiating another union contract. I expected it would take many additional months, but it didn’t. A settled four-year contract, regardless of the terms, signals that my work is done.”

The personal reasons were all positive, he said. Knauss cited one child graduating, a second getting married and a third, living in San Francisco, is in the process of making him a grandfather. With his wife ending her term as president of a nonprofit, he will have time to travel.

He said he can look back on his 10 years on the board “with a smile,” saying he “played a small part in moving the district from a good one, to a great one,” but added he didn’t do it alone.

“I’ve been honored to work with so many talented school directors, administrators, teachers and support personnel. It’s been a great ride,” he said.

In a brief telephone interview, Knauss added that there are many good people in the district who can do a great job on the board.

Board President Vic Dupuis said,  "I am grateful for Keith’s service and dedication to this Board and the UCFSD community. Keith’s intellect, wisdom, and thought-provoking commentaries have been instrumental in ensuring that the Board considered many options on many issues. He will be missed but we wish him and Mary Pat a future filled with good things."

The board will appoint a replacement who will finish Knauss' term, according to school Superintendent John Sanville.

Knauss was representing Region A, East and West Marlborough Townships.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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