Mother of for­mer board mem­ber cho­sen to fill va­cancy

Tina McIntyre was one of five who ap­plied

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

LOWER POTTSGROVE » Usu­ally, a child fol­lows in his or her par­ent’s foot­steps, but some­times it’s the other way around.

Last night was wit­ness to one of those rare oc­ca­sions when, from among of five very qual­i­fied can­di­dates, the Pottsgrove School Board voted to ap­point Tina McIntyre to fill the va­cancy left by last month’s res­ig­na­tion of Matt Alexan­der.

McIntyre, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a St. Pius X High School grad­u­ate and an ac­coun­tant, is also the mother of Ma­son McIntyre, who for two years served on the Pottsgrove board as a student mem­ber.

“She’s go­ing to have to learn to eat din­ner ear­lier,” he ac­knowl­edged with a laugh Aug. 14 after the board vote.

McIntyre’s re­la­tion­ship to a for­mer mem­ber was more than co­in­ci­dence. It may have pro­vided the tipping point to her ap­point­ment.

In ad­di­tion to McIntyre, four other can­di­dates ap­plied for the post. They were Rick Rabi­nowitz; Jody McMa­hon; An­drew Kor­man and Mark Jor­gensen.

Nearly ev­ery board mem­ber mar­veled at the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of those who ap­plied for the board and were in­ter­viewed dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing Aug. 13.

In mak­ing a choice Aug. 14, board Vice Pres­i­dent Robert Lind­gren said he wanted to be as trans­par­ent as pos­si­ble about the process.

“Peo­ple who have ob­served this in the past may well have got­ten the im­pres­sion that the choice had been made be­fore the vote,” Lind­gren said.

So board mem­bers all voiced their pref­er­ence in a round of quasi-voting. Kor­man and McMa­hon were elim­i­nated in the first round.

Rabi­nowitz was elim­i­nated in the sec­ond round.

With the board left to choose be­tween Jor­gensen and McIntyre, the ben­e­fits of each choice were made clear.

But it was not un­til board mem­ber Jim Lapic talked about be­ing the par­ent of four chil­dren, and the role par­ents play in how their chil­dren turn out, that things seemed to tip in McIntyre’s fa­vor.

He ob­served that in ad­di­tion to hav­ing lived in the com­mu­nity all her life, the board had two years to learn what kind of child she had raised.

“Ma­son was an ex­cel­lent board mem­ber and she ob­vi­ously had some­thing to do with that,” said Lapic.

After that, board mem­ber Charles Nip­pert moved for an­other vote and McIntyre was elected with a 6-2 vote.

Board mem­bers Bill Parker and Pa­tri­cia Grimm cast the two no votes.

Af­ter­ward, Lind­gren said the mat­ter of elect­ing a new school board pres­i­dent would be de­cided at the next meet­ing. He said the board de­cided it would be best to choose a board pres­i­dent with a full nine mem­bers on board and hav­ing

a say.

McIntyre, who lives on Mock Road, is an ac­count­ing spe­cial­ist with United Phosphorus Inc. in King of Prus­sia.

She is a 1990 grad­u­ate of the for­mer St. Pius X Catholic High School in Lower Pottsgrove and re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Kutz­town Univer­sity.

Rabi­nowitz, who lives on Lee Drive, was a board mem­ber who ran un­suc­cess­fully for re­elec­tion in Novem­ber.

He is an ex­ec­u­tive re­cruiter for Na­tion­wide IT and worked for two other re­cruit­ing forms pre­vi­ously.

Rabi­nowitz holds a de­gree in po­lit­i­cal science from State Univer­sity of New York at Oswego and an MBA in tech­nol­ogy and ecom­merce from West Ch­ester Univer­sity.

McMa­hon, who lives in An­thony Wayne Drive, is a lan­guage arts teacher at Owen J. Roberts High School and an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at Delaware Valley Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

No ed­u­ca­tion or prior work ex­pe­ri­ence was listed for McMa­hon.

Kor­man, who lives in Gil­bertsville Road, is a project man­ager with Sub­ur­ban Wa­ter Tech­nol­ogy.

He holds a bach­e­lor’s in jour­nal­ism, spe­cial­iz­ing in broad­cast news, from West Vir­ginia Univer­sity.

Jor­gensen, who lives in Yeager Road, is di­rec­tor of qual­ity and food safety at AIRGA USA LLC in Rad­nor.

He is a grad­u­ate of the U.S. Naval Acad­emy, where he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in math­e­mat­ics and holds an MBA from Le­high Univer­sity.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pottsgrove School Board Vice Pres­i­dent Robert Lind­gren, right, en­joys him­self swear­ing in the board’s new­est mem­ber, Tina McIntyre, cen­ter, while her son Ma­son, holds the Bi­ble for her.

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