He served as a middle school and high school principal prior to taking superintendent positions at the Greenville County School District in South Carolina and the Cumberland Valley School District, near Harrisburg.

Harner appeared at a special public hearing in March and answered wide-ranging questions submitted by residents, ranging from student achievement and community relations to future initiatives and the district's budget.

Directors approved new school start times

Starting in August, Quakertown High School students will arrive to class earlier, while middle school students will begin somewhat later.

Directors approved a plan that will have Quakertown High School students starting the school day at 7:10 a.m.

Middle school students will begin classes at 8 a.m. Elementary school students will start school at 9 a.m.

The changes were made to increase academic time for Upper Bucks County Tech School students and save money on busing costs for non-public and charter school students.

The new busing plan, which move up school start times at the high school and middle school levels while eliminating van and mini-bus runs for charter school and private school students, would save the district more than $228,000.

Non-public and charter students, who must be bused to their schools by the district, will be driven to one central location first and then taken to their respective schools, eliminating additional bus runs.

Another reason the change was made, Harner said, was that 11-, 12- and 13-year olds were outside in the dark during the winter waiting for a 6:18 a.m. bus pickup.

Harner said more students than ever from the district are slated to attend Upper Bucks County Tech School starting in August.