LIMERICK — The Spring-Ford Area School Board honored resigning board member Julie Mullin and set the date when they’ll interview candidates to fill her seat Monday night.
Mullin was elected in November on a ballot with no challengers to take over as Upper Providence tax collector from Beverly Nohl, who members of the school board said has had issues with errors and the timeliness of her reports.
“You’re definitely going to be missed and I don’t know how we’re going to get through this year,” Board Vice President Tom DiBello told Mullin. “On the flip side, we do have an issue in Upper Providence that is definitely going to get fixed.”
“It was with very mixed emotions I gave up this seat,” said Mullin, whose resignation took effect Monday night.
The board has 30 days to fill the seat. A meeting was set for Feb. 5 to interview candidates from Region II, which covers Limerick and Trappe areas.
Those interested in filling that seat must be at least 18-years-old and have been a resident of the district for a year, at minimum.
A letter explaining why they’re interested in the seat and what they feel they might “bring the district” as well as any additional information to “support” an application can be submitted by a candidate to Diane Fern at 857 S. Lewis Road, Upper Providence, PA 19468, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, according to the school district’s website.
“I want to tell you what an honor it is to have served with you over the last four years and to have worked with you and known you in this district,” Board President Joe Ciresi. “You have really put your time into this district for the community, for the kids, for the betterment of Spring-Ford and your efforts have really helped us to move forward.”
Mullin served on the Spring-Ford Area School Board for six years.
Board member Dawn Heine sat next to Mullin since the former was elected and appears to have taken over Mullin’s old committees, which included curriculum/technology and policy.
DiBello praised Mullin’s work on the policy committee, reforming the way it operated by discussing policies in meetings directly with those affected by them.
“I think the whole board would agree that we hope to see you regularly, whether its at committee or these (board) meetings because you have truly strived for change and I can only hope that we continue along the same path,” Heine said.
“It’s been a real pleasure, truly a pleasure,” said longtime board member Bernard Pettit. “You (have) really hard shoes to fill.”
Superintendent David Goodin also thanked Mullin and Assistant Superintendent Allyn Roche brought forward a cake they bought to send her off.
“I’m sure we’ll be in touch and speaking with other matters that have to do with taxes,” Goodin said.
As far as the issues with Nohl, board solicitor Mark Fitzgerald said there have been preliminary talks about potential legal action involving Nohl and the alleged issues with her service as tax collector.
Mullin assured the board she’d still be around.
“This does not mean I’m going away,” she said.