Octorara Board Member Announces Planned Resignation

Octorara Area School District

ATGLEN, PA — At this week’s Octorara Area School Board of Directors meeting, William Kloss announced that he is moving from the district and plans to resign his position on the board effective April 3, reports Marcella Peyre-Ferry of LancasterOnline.

Kloss represents Region 1 which consists of Atglen, Christiana, Parkesburg Borough North and West Sadsbury Township. He was appointed to the Octorara Area School Board of Directors in 2016, after the resignation of Linda Bicking, then was elected to his first full-term in 2019, which would have expired in 2023.

At the time of his appointment, Kloss was the only qualifying applicant to apply for the position and had been a resident of the District for 7 years.

The Octorara Area School Board will post the application process online for anyone interested in being appointed to the position.

In other news, the Octorara Area School District has been closed since March 13, in compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Education orders. Students of the District’s Virtual Academy may continue their courses, but work is not mandatory.

Despite having a policy allowing members to attend through Skype or conference calls, all nine school board members were in attendance at the March 16 meeting. Regardless, members agreed to drop the portion of the district’s meeting policy that states a majority of board members must attend in person.

The board also agreed to limit the number of people at meetings to no more than 25, so that individuals may practice social distancing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The board is also exploring the possibility of taking public comments in real-time through YouTube.

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The next regularly scheduled Octorara Area School Board Meeting is Monday, April 20, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the Octorara Jr. High School Multi-Purpose Room.

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