POTTSTOWN PA – Kelley Crist, who won election as a member of the Pottsgrove School District Board of Directors only seven months ago, has announced she is resigning from that position. The school board is expected to act on her departure letter when it meets Tuesday (May 13) beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported Tuesday (May 6).
Mercury reporter Evan Brandt wrote that Crist is resigning to handle new responsibilities that accompany a promotion from her employer, ICON Clinical Research in North Wales, and also because symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis she experienced as a child have returned.
Crist told The Mercury she would be unable to devote adequate time to her school board duties as a result and thought it best to resign.
The board has the power to appoint a successor for the remainder of her term, and in recent years with other resignations has demonstrated its willingness to do so quickly. No names so far have surfaced as candidates, but Crist suggested that anyone interested in the job recognize “exactly how much time it takes to do this. It’s not just two meetings a month,” she told the newspaper.
In the past the board has issued a call for candidates to volunteer and then interviewed them publicly, but Solicitor Marc Davis has advised directors they are under no obligation to do either. He’s also reminded them that if they fail to appoint a successor the choice is left to a judge, and has strongly recommended avoiding that scenario.
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