Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Question: What Takes Only 70 Minutes to Complete? Answer: A Pottsgrove School Board Meeting!

Photo by Evan Brandt
The members of the Pottsgrove High School Academic Quiz Bowl Team is recognized by the school board Tuesday for their Championship Season.

It's not definite that Pottsgrove School Board Vice President Al Leach was trying to break a land-speed record running Tuesday night's meeting, but he may have done it anyway.

By 8:40 p.m., Leach had burned through the entire six-page agenda, setting a new standard for Board President Matt Alexander when he returns to run his next meeting.

Much of the meeting was taken up with congratulations.
Photo by Mike Neiffer.
Alexi Neiffer is congratulated by Pottsgrove
William Shirk Tuesday night.

Custodian Marvin Thrasher was congratulated on his retirement.

The Academic Quiz Bowl team took a bow for their championship, and seemed glad not to have to answer too many questions.

Members of the Pottsgrove High School Chorus were congratulated for their achievements, which were continuing at rehearsal, thus preventing them from being there to receive said congratulations.

And Alexi Neiffer, a Pottsgrove student at the Western Center, was congratulated for winning a commercial art contest at a art college in Philadelphia.

Much of the rest of the meeting was fairly routine, with the most important nugget being Business Manager David Nester's report that the budget gap is down from about $2 million to closer to $900,000, dropping potential tax hike from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.

Superintendent William Shirk also reported meeting with state Sen. Robert Mensch who reported that the state assembly is taking "no action" on many of the items of interest to school districts -- that being property tax reform, charter school reform and pension reform....

Here are the Tweets from the meeting:

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