The big news at tonight’s (Jan. 21) meeting of the Springfield (Pa.) Republican Party was that the party was not going to take a position on rebuilding or renovating the high school, the price tag for which ranges between $110 million and $144 million.
Chairman Mike Puppio noted that school board matters have been decidedly non-partisan since 1991. He told committee persons to direct all complaints and inquiries on the matter to the appropriate school board member.
He said that while the school board has been having town halls on the subject, no plan has been submitted to either the township zoning hearing board or the commissioners, and the state Sunshine Law prohibits either body from commenting on the matter unless it is in the proper venue.
He said the issue is starting to bubble up and he expects it divide the community as those on both sides have much passion. He said that what the school board wants is not a “done deal” and that despite some speculation no “wink or nod” has been given on the matter by the township.
He said those who claim this are taking the lazy way out and merely looking for an excuse to avoid getting involved in the debate.
He stated specifically to the committee people in the audience and other community interested attendees that the party would not stand in the way of anybody seeking a school board seat as several are up for election this year.
Maybe there is a position there, after all.
In other matters, several people up for election or re-election spoke to the group including District Attorney Jack Whelan, who said that compassion was as important to his job as getting convictions; Common Pleas Court Judge Tony Scanlon, who was appointed to the bench last June by Gov. Corbett and is now seeking a term of his own; Michael Culp who is seeking election to County Council following his appointment to the seat that had been held by new 26th District State Sen. Tom McGarrigle; Andrea B. Puppio, who is seeking her third term as magisterial judge for court 32-1-32; and Jim Merkins, who is seeking election to a full-term for Magisterial Court 32-2-54 that had been presided over by Scanlan and to which he was appointed following Scanlan’s elevation to Common Pleas Court.
Springfield GOP High School Position
The Springfield GOP High School Position
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