POTTSTOWN PA – Four faces, all smiling. Four bodies, all standing erect. Four hands, all placed on a single Bible. And four promises made, to work in the best interest of children educated by the Pottsgrove School District.
A foursome of oaths of office – taken by (above, from left) Rick Rabinowitz, Matt Alexander, Diane Cherico, and Kelley Crist – helped launch the reorganization meeting Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2013) of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors.
All were winners of board seats in the November general election. Rabinowitz, Alexander and Crist have begun their first terms as directors; Cherico, who was selected by the previous board to fill an earlier vacancy, was chosen by voters for her first full term.
While all have repeatedly pledged to put students’ welfare first, the all-purpose oath administered by board member Patti Grimm (at right) actually makes no reference to Pottsgrove whatsoever. It says nothing about schools or their occupants, either.
Authorized under the Pennsylvania School Code, it simply requires directors to “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the constitution of the United States and the constitution of this Commonwealth, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”
All four did, in unified voice.
Later during the meeting, former board secretary Justin Valentine was unanimously elected president. A majority of board members favored returning Vice President David Faulkner to the same post for another year; he was opposed in nomination by Alexander. Grimm remains as treasurer; and Cherico was elected as secretary.
Alexander agreed to serve as one of three Pottsgrove directors on the Joint Operating Committee of the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick, of which the district is a part. He succeeds former board member Michael Neiffer. Rabinowitz will serve as Pottsgrove’s representative to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, succeeding former board member Nancy Landes.
Decisions on naming members to the board’s Facilities and Athletic, Policy, and Negotiations committees were deferred by Valentine until he could talk with board members about their interests and preferences.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Dec. 3 meeting):