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Schools’ HR director resigns, position might be left unfilled

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By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District’s human resources director resigned Thursday after being on personal leave since Oct. 4, and school officials are unsure if they will fill the job.
Dr. Gwendolyn Conner, who came to the district in June 2008 as HR director, resigned Thursday.
Conner said she took the personal leave because of several unexpected deaths in her family.
“It’s been an emotional time,” she said. “That has really consumed the family.”
Several LCSD directors have been and will continue to take on the HR department’s responsibilities.
Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the school district is in the process of figuring out the next steps. He said he is unsure when or if the district will post the HR director position.
Until then, Lydia Quinn, the district’s planning and accountability executive director, will take the lead in managing human resources.
“We’re fortunate to have strong leaders willing to step up and help us with these responsibilities,” Phipps said. “We wish her (Conner) well in her future endeavors.”
The school district’s HR department, now with six employees, receives on average 2,700 job applications annually.
There are 1,844 district employees and 800 substitutes.
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