by Diane Payne
September 25, 2017
Chair Joyce Wilkerson and Commissioners Farah Jimenez, Chris McGinley and Estelle Richman were present for the entire meeting. Commissioner Green was absent for the first two hours; he arrived at 6:45 for a meeting that started at 4:30, without explanation, when there were four speakers left. Green was absent during the testimony of forty-two speakers, Superintendent Hite’s remarks, the Policy Committee report from Dr. McGinley, and the presentation from Student Services Director Karen Lynch on the school selection process. He did, however, vote on all of the resolutions.
Before the vote on resolutions, APPS’ Lisa Haver stood and approached the front table, asking Chair Wilkerson: Can you please read the rules concerning Commissioners voting after missing most of the meeting? How can Commissioner Green miss the entire proceeding, arrive at the conclusion of the meeting, and be allowed to vote? Although those questions were addressed to the Chair, Green asked Miles Shore, Interim Chief of the district’s Office of General Counsel, to cite the rules about when Commissioners can vote on resolutions. Shore stated that since Green was present he was entitled to vote. Shore did not cite any policy number when giving this opinion.
Green also missed most of the SRC Action Meetings on April 20 and May 1 of this year. He did not hear the majority of the public speakers, the staff presentations or Superintendent Hite’s remarks–yet he still voted. As Haver said, Green personifies the SRC’s disregard for the public they are entrusted to serve. Green missed most of the April 27 2017 and May 1 2017 meetings also.
APPS again calls on Chair Wilkerson to address this issue. (See timestamp 1:58:00 in this link.) If Green cannot serve in a responsible manner, he should resign.
Sixteen members of APPS were present for this meeting; fourteen testified.
[To view their testimony, please go to APPSphilly.net.]
Our City Our Schools: SRC Must Go