A legislator who refused to vote for the “only cis white male” to become president on the Pennsylvania school board has decided to resign in early 2023.
Jennifer Soloto, a board member of the Upper Moreland School District, made the comments at a public education board meeting on Dec. 6, just before a vote was held to appoint a new chairperson.
Mr. Soloto led the motion as acting president at a board reorganization meeting. Two of his candidates, April Steinbach and Greg Delia, ran for the presidency.
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“I believe Mr Delia will be a great president,” she said. “But I feel that electing the only cis white male on this committee to chair this district sends the wrong message to our community. It’s a message that goes against what you’ve been trying to do.”
A cisgender person is someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth.
On Monday, Upper Moreland School District superintendent Dr. Susan Elliott issued a statement regarding Soloto’s comments.
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“As a result of this incident, Mr. Soloto has decided to resign from the Board effective January 2, 2023,” Elliott said. “She wants to apologize for her inappropriate choice of words and doesn’t want to distract from the wonderful things that happen on a daily basis at our school. Officer.”
The superintendent added that Soloto’s comments were “only hers” and do not represent the views of the rest of the school board members or the school district.
Neither Soloto nor Delia responded to requests for comment on the matter, although the latter was included in Elliot’s statement.
“Certainly, Greg Delia, the director to whom her comments were directed, said, ‘While we support diversity, these comments do not promote diversity and reflect fully in our community.’ It was not done.”
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According to Elliott, school districts are focused on prohibiting discrimination throughout the school and within the classroom. We also value the diversity of the communities we serve, enabling our students and staff to succeed without discrimination based on race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender identity. We will help you get it.
She also said the school district hires “the best person for the job” and does not discriminate.
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In an 8-to-1 vote, Delia was not elected to the presidency by other board members on December 6, but Soloto was concerned about electing him because of his race and gender identity. was the only member to express