Senior citizen comment lands Delaware County school board member in hot water

    Public school boards are and issue everywhere.

    Their members get a say in an even larger issue: school taxes.

    Garnet Valley School Board Vice President Kenneth Miller likely knows all about what a hot topic it is, and if he didn’t before, he sure does now.

    “Don’t forget to support the GV School Board in the Nov. elections. (We) don’t want the senior citizens community selecting our school board,” he wrote Aug. 29 on the Garnet Valley High School Alumni Professionals and Business Owners Facebook page, according to the Delaware County Times. “Help get everybody out to vote for the incumbents.”

    Turns out school tax-paying seniors aren’t so keen on that statement. A group of residents from a retirement community is now demanding an apology and calling for Miller’s resignation. The Concord Township Board of Supervisors followed that up with a call for a retraction.

    Miller says he was encouraging more people to vote to offset what he calls a “power grab” by seniors in two communities who have a high voter turnout.

    Feed the Feed: Should those with a more direct involvement in schools have more a say in school board elections?

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