Beverly Atwater
Beverly Atwater (FILE)

The York City School Board will consider declaring Beverly Atwater's board seat vacant because she has missed multiple meetings, according to the school board president.

The board will meet Tuesday to consider taking the action, according to a meeting notice. Atwater, first elected in 2001, is the longest-serving member currently on the board.

"Mrs. Atwater has missed numerous meetings, and we just can't continue to do business in that manner," said school board President Margie Orr.

State law says the board can declare a vacancy if a member misses two successive, regular meetings, unless the member is sick or has an otherwise justifiable excuse, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Orr said Thursday that the most recent board meeting was Atwater's third consecutive absence.

According to board meeting minutes, so far in 2012 Atwater attended the regular board meetings in March, June, July and August but missed the rest of them. In 2011, Atwater missed five regular board meetings, according to meeting minutes. The board has one regular meeting per month.

At a July board meeting, Atwater was told that she was not qualified to vote on the matter of renewing New Hope Academy Charter School's charter, because she did not attend the renewal hearings or review the transcripts.

At the time, Atwater threatened to contact the state about the matter.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday. No one answered the door at the address listed for her in county and district records.

Orr said that Atwater hasn't been notifying her or the board secretary when she will be absent.

The board needs a "full house" to deal with upcoming issues, like the next district budget, Orr said.

"It's just not fair to the other board members to carry the load," she said.

The board's solicitors sent Atwater notification about what might happen Tuesday, she said.

Appointments: The school board has made two appointments to the board in recent weeks after two resignations. In those cases, the board did not invite applicants for the open spot, but Orr said that if Atwater is removed, the board might seek candidates this time.

The recent appointments -- Aaron Willford, who had previously served on the board, and Diane Brown, who once ran a write-in campaign and was involved with the district's parent group -- weren't strangers to the board, Orr said.

But she's not sure who else they might ask. Seeking candidates is "a good way to see who's out there, who's considering running for the next cycle," she said.

If you go

What: York City School Board special meeting to consider declaring Beverly Atwater's seat vacant

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Board meeting room at 31 N. Pershing Ave., York