York City School Board to consider declaring Atwater’s seat vacant

The York City School Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider declaring Beverly Atwater’s seat on the board vacant, according to a meeting notice in the York Daily Record.

Atwater was first elected to the board in 2001. She’s been absent from many meetings in recent memory.

School board President Margie Orr said this morning that “the norm” is missing two consecutive meetings without notice. The most recent board meeting was Atwater’s third consecutive absence, she said.

“Mrs. Atwater has missed numerous meetings and we just can’t continue to do business in that manner,” Orr said.

The board needs a “full house” to deal with upcoming issues, like the next district budget, she said.

“It’s just not fair to the other board members to carry the load,” Orr said.

At a July board meeting, Atwater was told that she was not qualified to vote on the matter of renewing New Hope Academy Charter School’s charter, because she did not attend the renewal hearings or review the transcripts. At the time, Atwater threatened to contact the state about the matter.

The meeting to consider declaring her seat vacant will be held at 6 p.m. in the board room, according to the notice.

I’ll be trying to reach Atwater today.

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