New Committee Memberships Appointed for Pottsgrove Schools

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Committee meetings conducted by almost every government entity in western Montgomery County is where their real work gets done, long before governing bodies make formal final decisions. That’s certainly true for the Pottsgrove School District board of directors, current President Al Leach said during December (2021).

It’s also why he said he’s taken time, a little more than a month, to assemble this year’s roster of school board committee memberships. It was made public, and formally approved, Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2022) during the board’s latest meeting.

The board has five standing committees, specified annually by district policy, and two special committees this year. Leach is responsible for naming their members, and for appointing the district’s board representatives to its partners and cooperating agencies. Like many of his predecessors, Leach said he talked with directors to learn their committee interests before making his selections.

Appointed were the board’s:

  • Policy Committee, with Jim Lapic as chair and Leach and Bill Parker as members. Parker officially resigned his board seat Tuesday because he is moving out-of-state, so a substitute is expected to be identified in coming weeks;
  • Curriculum, Integration, and Technology Committee, board Vice President Tina McIntyre as chair, and Ashley Custer, Lapic, and Jay Strunk;
  • Operations and Facilities Committee, Dr. Charles Nippert as chair, and Leach and Joe Vecchio;
  • Athletics, Co-Curricular, and Community Relations Committee, Patti Grimm as chair, and Nippert and Strunk; and
  • Personnel Committee, Strunk as chair, and McIntyre, Custer, and Lapic.

Because the board is involved in collective bargaining this year with its teachers’ union, a Negotiations special committee was formed for one year, with member assignments to be made “as needed,” Leach noted. Additionally a Finance special committee was named that consists of the entire board.

In board representations elsewhere, Leach appointed or re-appointed:

  • Vecchio, Grimm, and Strunk as Pottsgrove’s representatives to fill all or part of 3-year terms on the Joint Operating Committee of the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center;
  • Custer to a 3-year term on the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit board;
  • Nippert to a 1-year volunteer term on the intermediate unit’s legislative committee;
  • Grimm to a 5-year term on the Pottsgrove Recreation Board;
  • District resident Sydney Coleman as the board’s citizen representative for Pottsgrove Recreation; and
  • Grimm as its liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Photo from a screenshot provided by the Pottsgrove School District and the PCTV Network