The results of November’s municipal elections have replaced three members of the Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors. Jeremy Davis, Ryan Morris, and Michelle Smyers are newly-elected members and Kenneth Hassinger was re-elected. Each was elected to a 4-year term.
Prior board members Kathleen Adams Pratt and Sylvan Hershey retired from the board and incumbent Carrie Soliday was defeated at the polls.
During the reorganization meeting Hassinger was unanimously reelected as board president and Al Moyer was reelected as vice president.
Robert L. Mcquaid was reelected as district solicitor and Amy Beth Hodges was approved as Pennsylvania School Board Association Legislative Chairperson, both on unanimous votes.
The board said it will consider a legislative plan to help it move toward a balanced budget over 5-year period.
During the public comment period Gettysburg Times publisher Harry Hartman said newly-seated board member Ryan Morris owes $27,000 in back taxes from 2019 and 2020 and that he believed it was inappropriate for Morris to vote on financial matters relating to the district. Hartman said Morris was on a payment plan to repay the taxes but asked the board to consider what the district’s financial situation would be like if every taxpayer were on a payment plan. “I don’t believe you could turn the lights on tonight if that were the case; that’s not the way good taxpaying citizens do business and run their households,” he said.
Hartman also said there were pending lawsuits against Morris and speculated other issues would come to light that would force Morris to resign from the board.
Hassinger said there was a likelihood the next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 3, would be canceled and that the board would next meet on Jan. 18, 2022. The board, which is currently meeting in the Middle School auditorium, plans to move back to the district administration building after the first of the year.
Featured image caption: Left to Right, Davis, Morris, and Smyers