SRC to meet with 3 members next week

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.

It looks like Denise McGregor Armbrister is in line to run the newly-scheduled Oct. 5 SRC meeting.  According to SRC policy, "in the absence, disability or disqualification of the Chair, the remaining Commissioner with the longest continuous service on the SRC shall preside over the meeting."  Commissioner Armbrister has the longest tenure on the SRC.  She was appointed in 2007, and her term expires in January.


So, nothing happened in the Philadelphia School District when I was out of town last week, right?

Kidding, of course.  Obviously, two members resigned - Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. and Johnny Irizarry.  And a scathing city ethics report detailed backroom deals and political pressure applied by Archie and State Rep. Dwight Evans over the deal to run Martin Luther King High School.  Mayor Nutter named Wendell Pritchett to take one of the empty SRC chairs, but the SRC meeting scheduled for Sept. 19 was cancelled.

It's been rescheduled for next Wednesday, Oct. 5, the district announced today.

Only three members will be in attendance - Denise McGregor Armbrister, Joseph Dworetzky and Pritchett, who must be sworn in, but that can be done quickly.  One mayoral seat is still open - no word yet on who might take that spot.

The fifth seat goes to Pedro Ramos, who was nominated by Gov. Corbett earlier this year.  Gubernatorial nominees (unlike the mayor's appointees) must be confirmed by the state Senate.  I talked to Ramos this morning, who said that his understanding is that he will "be moved from the rules committee to the education committee in anticipation of scheduling a hearing."  But, Ramos said, "the hearing hasn't been scheduled yet."

Erik Arneson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) said that no confirmation hearing date has been set, and "after this week, the Senate returns to session on October 17.  I do not anticipate the hearing taking place before then."

No word yet on who will run the Oct. 5 SRC meeting in the absence of a chair.  The governor names the chair, and speculation is that Ramos, a former president of the city school board, will get the nod, but nothing official yet. My guess is it won't be Pritchett, who'll be attending his first SRC meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m., in the auditorium of district headquarters, 440 N. Broad St.