The York City School Board appointed two new members on Monday to fill the vacancies left by James Morgan and Aaron Willford, who resigned in May.
The board unanimously appointed Glenn Medice, a teacher in the West York Area School District, and Michael Breeland, who previously served eight years on the board. They were the only applicants for the seats.
Medice was a regular attendee at the district’s financial recovery meetings. He said he heard the emphasis placed on drawing students back from charter schools, and thought that some leaders didn’t set a good example by walking away.
“As an educator, I believe … this district hasn’t seen its best days,” he said.
He said he didn’t want to lay blame, but rather get involved and “see what we can do together.”
Breeland, a former board member who served for eight years, said “it hurts my heart” to see what’s happened in the district.
He said he’s heard the district’s “failure is not an option” motto.
“Quitting isn’t an option either. We can’t quit on our children in the city,” Breeland said.
Breeland said that with the district’s educators and administrators, “we can make some changes.” It’s about everyone working together, he said.
“I’m tired of hearing about all these divided camps,” he said.
Medice and Breeland will serve until December.