Pottsgrove Directors Take Oaths, Seats (Again)

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Four returning members of the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors – one of them a newcomer of only a few weeks, the remaining three veterans of the board tables – took their oaths of public office again Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2021) during the annual district re-organizational meeting.

Pledging to serve the public’s interests in executing their duties as school board members elected during November were (at top from right) Dr. Charles Nippert, Joe Vecchio, Jay Strunk, and Tina McIntyre. Vecchio took his first oath only slightly more than a month ago on Oct. 26, then as an interim board member filling the vacancy of former director Robert Lindgren, who moved out of the area.

Their oaths were administered by then-temporary board leader Al Leach. Leach and McIntyre were elected shortly afterward as returning board president and vice president, respectively.

Later still during the meeting Strunk was returned as one of the board’s three representatives to the Joint Operating Committee of the Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center in Limerick. He succeeds Lindgren in that role.

Although it was not on the agenda board Secretary Ashley Custer, who has served on the committee since 2017, tendered her resignation from it due to other time commitments. She nominated Vecchio as her successor, and board members voted their agreement. The board’s third committee member, Patti Grimm, currently sits as committee president. The Upper Perkiomen and Spring-Ford Area school districts are also represented on the committee.

Leach said he would refrain from making board committee appointments for one-year terms until January, when he had a chance to talk with his colleagues about their interests and goals.

In other actions taken by the board during its regular meeting, and on which The Posts are developing stories to be published later:

Health and Safety Plan revisions approved

The district’s already much revised 2021 Health and Safety Plan addressing the coronavirus pandemic was changed again, in anticipation of court decisions due next week about students’ and others use of protective masks in school buildings. The latest revisions …

  • Create what district Superintendent Dr. David Finnerty called a “universal masking” plan. Under it, Pottsgrove requires all teachers, students and children, staff or visitors in its schools to wear a mask indoors regardless of any individuals’ vaccination status, except if exempted, when the district’s virus transmission incident rate is labeled as “high” or “substantial;”
  • Allow mask wearing to be optional when the transmission rate is labeled “moderate” or “low;”
  • Remove references in the plan to earlier orders imposed by the state Acting Secretary of Health. They are among the subjects of current litigation. That change allows the district to ensure it has an independent and unrestricted plan available no matter what future pandemic decisions are made by state officials; and
  • Set a Feb. 22 (2022) deadline to review the plan once more.

Administrative salaries approved

Board members offered no comment to the public but nonetheless approved, as part of a package containing other actions, a list of new salaries to compensate some members of the district administration. The list was not made available during the board meeting, and the names of those receiving raises with directors’ approval could not immediately be determined.

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