York leaders, community discuss school district at NAACP meeting

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The York NAACP held a town hall meeting to discuss how the York City School District ended up in financial and academic trouble and how to move it forward.

A small gathering of residents and community leaders gathered at the Crispus Attucks Community Center for the discussion Tuesday night.

Possible problems ranged from poverty to inconsistent leadership. Solutions included increased extracurricular activities and long-term sustainable planning.

Many in the district fear a state takeover and that a chief recovery officer appointed by Governor Tom Corbett’s administration will turn every public school into a charter school.

The recovery officer, David Meckley, had said he wants to improve academic performance and restore financial stability.

However, some are hopeful Governor Tom Wolf will intervene. The York County native has said he does not support the all-charter option for York.

York NAACP President Sandra Thompson said she was one of a number of York leaders who recently met with the governor about the matter, and she received some positive news.

“The only thing that was committed to is to say that come next fall, next school year, there will be a City of York School District. So, if there was 100 percent charter, that would have gotten rid of Che city of York School District,” Thompson told ABC 27.

The governor’s office said meetings have occurred and talks continue, but there is no final decision.

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