School board head suggests Thackston revocation hearings might not happen

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The first four of eight scheduled charter revocation hearings to determine the fate of Helen Thackston Charter School have now been canceled — and the York City school board president suggested Wednesday, Oct. 18, none of the hearings will be held.

York City school board members met during a regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Aside from a notice of a special meeting on Thackston, no mention was made of the charter school.

Board President Margie Orr said district solicitor Jeff Gettle told her the revocation hearing slated for Friday, Oct. 20, has been canceled.

The hearing is continued until Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., according to an update posted Thursday, Oct. 19 on the district website.

Friday's was supposed to be the fourth hearing, but none have been held since the first one, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, was canceled a week ago.

The intervening days have included closed-door meetings between district and charter school representatives — and hastily called public board meetings.

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Orr said she did not know when the canceled hearings would be rescheduled, adding, "that's if they happen."

"It depends on how things turn out for tomorrow," she said when asked for clarification. 

The York City school board has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, just an hour and a half after the charter school board is scheduled to meet in its own last-minute session.

Board members, administrators and solicitors from both the district and the charter school have refused to explain the purpose of the meetings.

Orr notified the public of the district board's special meeting Thursday relating to Thackston at the end of the regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Otherwise, there was no mention of the district's attempt to revoke Helen Thackston's charter, an effort that began with a school board resolution in June.

"I'm sure everybody's read about it so I'm not going to go into any details," she said.

The York City school board will meet Thursday, Oct. 19, at its district administration offices at 31 N. Pershing Ave, while the Thackston board will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in a classroom at the charter school, located at 625 E. Philadelphia St.