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“Ascendancy”

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2016 at 9:21 am

It’s pretty routine; certainly the 25th Amendment to The Constitution spells it out when the President of the United States of America dies or is removed from office:

Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

We found out last night it’s less clear following the resignation of the school board president!

When a citizen asked why and how Cole Knighton became board president of the Columbia Borough School District rather than the vice president assuming the position, he responded “It’s in the board policy.”

Finding that reference in the board policies at the Columbia Borough School District Website presents challenges for the average Internet user.

We were not able to find any guidance about what happens when there is a death, removal from office or resignation of a school board president.

We did find this though:

code of conduct

In context, it matches nicely with:

school b oard principlesEver wonder whether Columbia Borough School District’s board of directors ascribes to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Principles for Governance and Leadership?

… and related to this:pensions tax increasesWhy are your property taxes going up? You can blame school pensions. | The Legislature has put more money toward education in recent years, however, a lot of that new money has paid for pensions.” – Public Source

  • Pennsylvania legislators about a decade ago passed a law to protect homeowners by limiting property tax hikes to the rate of inflation. Has the law, known as Act 1, worked? Not for some homeowners. Exceptions were built into the law so school districts could raise property taxes as much as they needed only to cover certain rising costs, like pensions. As a result, school districts have increased property taxes $465 million above the rate of inflation in the past decade and requested raising property taxes much higher.
  • Read the article to connect to a searchable table to find out how many times Columbia Borough School District district requested property tax increases and how many times.

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