The York City School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday to declare Beverly Atwater's board seat vacant, citing residency as the reason.
Atwater, first elected in 2001, had been the longest-serving member on the board. School board President Margie Orr said after the meeting that the board believes Atwater no longer lives in York.
Orr said she's not certain where Atwater lives now but believes she has been in Maryland, where her son lives. If Atwater wants to contest the board's decision, she'll have to prove that she lives in the city, Orr said.
Atwater was not at the meeting, and attempts to reach her have been unsuccessful.
Last week, Orr had said the board was considering removing Atwater because she had missed too many meetings.
According to board meeting minutes, Atwater has attended four regular board meetings in 2012. The board has one regular meeting per month.
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 Tuesday that solicitors advised the residency issue was a better way to pursue removing Atwater.
The board is moving forward, she said.
"We have too much to do," she said. "Budget talks are right around the corner."
The board will take resumes until Dec. 14 from those interested
Interested in serving?
The York City School Board is accepting resumes from those interested in filling the open seat on the school board.
Those interested should send a resume to board secretary Mindy Wantz by Dec. 14. The district administration building is at 31 N. Pershing Ave., York, PA, 17401.
A special meeting to hold interviews will then be scheduled.