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UPDATE: Millcreek Business Manager Resigns

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For the past year, the Millcreek Township School District has received it's fair share of financial blows. And many tax payers, feel they're footing the bill for the mistakes of the former superintendent, Michael Golde. Once he left the district, much of the attention was focused on Linnea Lincoln, the business manager.

"Was it her fault? Was it the former superintendent's fault? There's a lot of blame to go around here," said Gino Montagna, of No New McDowell. "Although it doesn't seem that anybody's been reprimanded."

Montagna has been a vocal tax payer, ever since the proposed plans to build a new school. He blames Lincoln for not giving a true financial updates throughout the process. An audit released by the Pennsylvania State Auditor General this summer also noted the failure to produce accurate budgets.

Since then, the district has hired an accounting firm to figure out what they're doing wrong, and how to fix it. Board President Judy Wheaton couldn't say whether or not Lincoln's resignation was that fix.

Lincoln is the fifth business manager in the district in eight years.  Wheaton said it's time for some stability in the office, while Montagna is calling for some accountability.

"We need continuity, we need someone who understands the district, who can make the district grow and to really give some substance to what it is that we do as we move forward," said Wheaton.

"We really need to scrutinize," said Montagna. "They need to be qualified and they need to be very transparent. There shouldn't be any mismanagement of funds."

In the midst of searching for a new business manager and being under review, the district is also dealing with a credit downgrade. Wheaton said that downgrade is a result of a number issues, and says it's nothing too terribly bad.

"I do think it's a message to us to say, lets be very careful moving forward, and let's consider all of our option, our situation and then make a decision with a strong leadership and strong business manager."

In a statement released Monday, superintendent Bill Hall thanked Lincoln and wished her well. He said the district will begin an immediate search for her replacement.

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