A Resignation Is In Order
In light of the revelations this week of the secret school board meetings held at Huss’ Feist Avenue home last year and board member Thomas “I’m pretty familiar with the Sunshine Law” Hylton’s own admission that the Neighborhood Schools Committee, which Hylton chairs, met as a quorum and took official action in a non-public forum, it’s time for Huss to do what’s best for the taxpayers of Pottstown and resign. Huss is an ethical disgrace and his inability to lead the board in a positive direction continues to be a black eye for Pottstown. Not to mention the fact that Huss has been on the Pottstown school board for over 14 years. What are Huss’ accomplishments for all those years? Are our school test scores any better? Are our schools in better shape now than before Huss took office? In 14+ years as a board member, Huss has had PLENTY of opportunities to turn this district around. And he’s failed miserably.
Section 704 of the Act reads as follows: “Official action and deliberations by a quorum of the members of an agency shall take place at a meeting open to the public unless closed under section 707 (relating to exceptions to open meetings), 708 (relating to executive sessions) or 712 (relating to General Assembly meetings covered).”
The Neighborhood Schools Committee, consisting of Hylton and fellow board members Valerie Harris and Nat White, all took official action and deliberations to reorganize the Pottstown district schools, without any public input or input from the school board as a whole.
But wait a minute, you ask. Didn’t something like this just happen in the Phoenixville Area School District? Why yes, it did. And as a result of their acrimonious situation, the PASD School Board Vice President Lisa Starczewski tendered her resignation in January.
Take a moment to read this August 2009 reader letter posted on The Phoenix’s website:
Goodness gracious! Talk about déjà vu! A quorum of three committee members of a school board met outside of a public forum to discuss official school board business? A board that needs to focus on the students? Hmmm. Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?
It’s time for Board President Rick Huss to resign. Our children and the Pottstown taxpayers deserve better.