Parker Resigns from Pottsgrove Board, Creates Vacancy

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – William “Bill” Parker (at top) – teacher, entrepreneur, and an outspoken six-year member of the Pottsgrove school board – formally announced his resignation from that body during the closing minutes of its Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2022) meeting. Parker is moving from the district to Virginia to accept “a position I could not turn down,” he said.

His resignation took immediate effect, as Parker noted it was “time to move on to my next journey.”

Fellow directors congratulated Parker on landing the job, and thanked him for his service to Pottsgrove. But as with past resignations, the most pressing business facing board members in the wake of his departure is their legal requirement to fill his vacancy within 30 days, or have a judge do it for them. Immediately after the announcement, they agreed to plans to select Parker’s successor.

His unexpired term runs for another 22-1/2 months, through November 2023.

President Al Leach said the board beginning Wednesday (Jan. 12) would call for applications from district residents interested in the vacancy. They will be required to send both a resume and an accompanying letter stating their “intent to become part of the school board,” he said. The deadline for receiving them is the close of business on Jan. 24 (Monday).

Applications can be mailed, or delivered to the Kauffman Road district office in person, and should be addressed to Dr. David Finnerty – Superintendent of Schools, c/o Christina Breyer, Pottsgrove School District Office, 1301 Kauffman Rd., Pottstown PA 19464. Board member qualifications and other information about the opening are available on the district website, here.

Directors plan to conduct a special board meeting Jan. 25 (Tuesday) to interview all candidates, and then Leach recommended they take time to consider interviewee responses to their questions. An appointment is scheduled to be made during the board’s Feb. 8 (Tuesday) meeting.

In his comments, Parker called Pottsgrove an “amazing” district, and said he was “honored to serve with an incredibly talented and dedicated group of directors. We didn’t always agree, and quite frankly that’s why I had the utmost respect” for each of them, he added. “We have all been willing to share our honest opinions and to challenge each other for the good of the district.”

The move was no surprise to his colleagues. According to several sources they had been notified of the possibility weeks ago. During that period, Parker said he continued to own and live in his home in the district. It was listed for sale Saturday (Jan. 8), he noted.

Parker, who many described as politically conservative, sometimes differed with administrators and fellow directors on district operations and policies, and occasionally made remarks some considered controversial.

Leach called Parker “a wonderful person for the district” who has been “absolutely consistent, and has always thought of the students first, teachers first, community first. He’s always voted that way from start to finish. He’s never wavered on anything he’s said … and he will be missed, in my opinion.”

“Anytime anybody performs any level of service, it’s something to be valued and appreciated,” Vice President Tina McIntyre added. “I’ve appreciated your time with us, Bill. Thank you,” she said. Others on the board acknowledged having disagreed with some of Parker’s opinions, but nonetheless praised his ability to speak his mind and stay focused on principles he considered important.

January 2020 photo of Parker from The Posts archives