Pottsgrove School Board Opts to Select Interim Member

Pottsgrove school board director Jay Strunk and newly elected Vice President Tina McIntyre (at top) work during the board’s Tuesday meeting

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Members of the public will be invited to apply to succeed former Pottsgrove school board director and president Robert Lindgren, whose resignation due to a job move took effect Tuesday (Sept. 28, 2021). However, the vacancy Lindgren leaves will last for possibly no more than a few meetings into December when his likely elected successor, Lower Pottsgrove resident Joe Vecchio, is expected to be sworn in for a full term.

Vecchio said Tuesday night, during the board’s meeting at Pottsgrove High School, that he nonetheless intended to apply for the interim position.

Vecchio was the endorsed Democrat and Republican candidate who ran unopposed for the seat (Lindgren did not seek re-election) in this year’s primary election. He and board members said Tuesday they assumed he would be the Nov. 2 general election winner as well.

The board talked for several minutes about the possibility of leaving the seat unfilled until its December reorganization meeting, which solicitor Marc Davis suggested would probably cause no harm. Then a majority indicated they hoped someone would step up to volunteer, despite the collective belief that the tenure would be short-lived.

They opted, and unanimously voted for, directing the administration to start the process, embodied in board policy, of seeking a successor. Those interested in applying must send at least a letter of stated interest and a personal resume within two weeks to the Pottsgrove School District office in care of Superintendent Dr. David Finnerty at 1301 Kauffman Rd., Pottstown PA 19464. Other follow-up paperwork may be needed.

The board plans to interview candidates and choose the interim successor during its second meeting of next month, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the high school. Although only two meetings are scheduled for between then and the reorganization meeting on Dec. 7, director Jim Lapic also observed the interim members would also be required to attend any specially called meetings.

Leach elected president; McIntyre, vice president

Piloting the discussion before it even started was board Vice President Al Leach, who assumed the board leadership role in Lindgren’s absence, per state regulations. Board members unanimously voted to promote Leach to board president, and to fill the vice president vacancy also unanimously selected director Tine McIntyre.

Both will be in their respective positions until the Dec. 7 reorganization meeting, when they could then be re-elected for full one-year terms in those roles.

Director Bill Parker, who was the only board member attending the meeting virtually using the Zoom conferencing platform, praised the pairing as “two perfect people in two perfect spots.”

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