City board to vote this week on Thackston charter revocation

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The York City school board is preparing for a vote to spur revocation proceedings for the struggling Helen Thackston Charter School on Wednesday night.

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The vote will occur in the district’s administration building, 31 N. Pershing Ave. in York City, and is expected to bring a larger than usual audience to the board room.

In a special meeting June 5, several administrators and board members from the Helen Thackston Charter School were present, including current Helen Thackston board member Lisa Kennedy, who is one of three people on the ballot for four open seats on the York City school board in November's municipal election.

At the June 5 meeting, York City Superintendent Eric Holmes cited several issues Thackston has either not followed up on or has come up short on following the district’s initial resolution outlining deadlines in February.

According to the new resolution, some of the deadlines and standards missed include the 75 percent professional staff certification threshold required by the Pennsylvania School Code and the absence of many background checks and clearances of school board members and employees that the school is required to have on file.

In total, the resolution introduced at the June 5 meeting listed 24 reasons for revoking the school’s charter.

As with every board meeting, there will be an opportunity for community members to speak before the board during the public comment section of the meeting.

Individuals may be limited to a few minutes at a time to allow as many people as possible to speak, and individuals of all ages may participate.

Board meeting

Event: York City school board meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: York City School District Administration Building, 31 N. Pershing Ave., York City