POTTSTOWN, PA – So Pottstown School Board member Valerie Harris wants a little respect?
How about a little respect for the taxpayers of Pottstown?
At this week’s Committee of the Whole Meeting, Harris demanded respect from fellow board member Polly Weand, but we here at Save Pottstown!! want a little respect from Harris, as an elected public official.
Harris is gainfully employed by George Wausnock, past president of Preservation Pottstown and owner of a Pottstown State Farm Insurance franchise. For over ten years, Wausnock has been very vocal and unabashedly public in his support for keeping Rupert Elementary School open and operational (of course with Pottstown taxpayers footing the bill). And just yesterday, in The Mercury, Wausnock made another public plea to save Rupert.
Let’s set the wayback machine for February 21, 2001. On that date, Wausnock penned a letter to then Pottstown School Board president Mark Lawler stating the following:
“schools like Rupert and the Middle School are unique assets that few other districts in the region enjoy”…Preservation Pottstown is “delighted with the excellent renovation work recently completed at the Middle School, and we hope similar improvements can be made to the Rupert School. Schools like Rupert and the Middle School are unique assets that few other districts in the region enjoy. They can help us attract and retain middle class families in Pottstown, and we look forward to working with the school board to help enhance these schools as a way to market the borough.”
Does this shtick sound familiar?
The Mercury reported on this event way back on March 5, 2001. You can read that article here.
So, our big question is, shouldn’t Valerie Harris recuse herself from ANY voting that pertains to Rupert? As a wise Save Pottstown!! commenter pointed out to us yesterday, Harris depends 100% on her salary from Wausnock to earn a living, so in essence, she is making decisions based on her need to financially survive….and not making decisions that are in the best interests of the Pottstown taxpayers. Talk about a complete and utter conflict of interest!
How can Harris possibly make decisions benefitting the taxpayers of Pottstown when her primary source of income is being dangled over her head by her employer George Wausnock???
The Pottstown School Board should demand that member Valerie Harris RECUSE herself from all past and future voting on Rupert Elementary School. Her past votes should be stricken from the record and revoted by the board.