Another chapter in Penn-Delco
Last night the Penn-Delco School Board voted to terminate their relationship with their solicitor, Mark Sereni.
Sereni had been asking for an independent counsel to review all the allegations of wrongdoing that have been bandied about in the district for more then a year.
That didn’t sit too well with either the taxpayers or board members, already awaiting word of the results of a county grand jury investigation into the district’s business dealings that seems to focus on former board President Keith Crego.
Let’s make no mistake here. Mark Sereni is not really the problem in Penn-Delco. But he became the lightning rod for outraged residents. Wednesday night he paid the price, being told in a 4-3 vote that his services were no longer needed.
Before the vote, Sereni offered some good advice to those who remain on what has become something of a merry-go-round of a school board. Eight members have left the board in the last 14 months.
Sereni told them to continue to cooperate with any law enforcement investigations, and again urged them to bring in an independent, objective legal counsel to investigate "anyone and everyone who has taken part in improper or unethical conduct."
Give the guy this much. He sticks to his guns.
Will the board change its mind and take him up on his suggestion? Not likely.
But there is something this district needs much more than that.
It direly needs to hear from the District Attorney’s Office with the results of the investigation and any charges that might be forthcoming.
Penn-Delco has been bathed in this negative spotlight long enough.
Let’s lay all the cards on the table. Then, as Sereni has suggested, the district can attempt to move on honestly.
It very likely is not going to be easy, or pretty. But it’s time for a final, thorough public airing of what has been going on in this district for far too long.