State kicks off hearing on York schools receivership

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Inside the Judicial Center Monday morning, the state called only one witness to the stand. The witness was Chief Recovery Officer David Meckley, the man who would take control on the district if the court’s approve the receivership.

“Our position was clearly stated. Mr. Meckley was very articulate. I think we clearly outlined all the reasons why the school board has failed to properly implement the plan and Judge Linebaugh should be constrained to appoint a receiver,” state attorney Clyde Vedder said.

The state argued the district has been in financial distress since 2012. In their eyes, the solution is to make the district all-charter.

At one point in the discussion, there was talk of an alternate option. Under that option, three district schools would become charter and the remaining five would stay under the control of the district. Whichever did better in a four-year period would be able to continue forward.

The state says that option was voted down by the school board, leaving the state with the all-charter option which, according to the state, the school board did sign off on.

“The charterization as anticipated is consistent with the financial recovery plan, all of which was approved by the school board and the Department of Education a year and a half ago,” Vedder said.

The district did cross-examine Meckley, but had little to say to the media afterwards.

“I do not think it’s appropriate to comment at this point. We are in the middle of the trial and basically all counsel has more or less agreed to maintain in respect for the courts silence until we are done,” school district attorney Marc Tarlow said.

The hearing will resume Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.. Both the school district and the union will have their chance to argue against the receivership.


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