Pennsylvania School Board Member To Resign Over Statement Denying ‘Cis, While Male’ For Board President

The Pennsylvania school board member who led the push to block a colleague in becoming the president of the board because he is a “cis, white male,” has announced her resignation from her position at the start of 2023.

Acting Upper Moreland School District board president Jennifer Solot made the comments just before a vote was held to appoint a new board president. Despite admitting that board member Greg D’Elia would “make an excellent president,” she said board member April Stainback should be elected instead because D’Elia is a “cis, white male.”

“I believe that Mr. D’Elia would make an excellent president,” Solot said during the vote in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

“However, I feel that electing the only cis, white male president of this district sends the wrong message to our community — a message that is contrary to what we as a board have been trying to accomplish,” she continued. “I think it’s important that we practice what we preach and that our words have strength when they are spoken, whether we speak them from the neighborhood sidewalks or from behind these tables.”

In response to the racist incident, Upper Moreland School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Elliott issued a statement on Solot’s comments and announced her resignation.

“As a result of this incident, Ms. Solot has decided to resign from the board effective January 2, 2023,” Elliott said. “She wishes to apologize for her poorly chosen words and does not want to be a distraction from the great things happening in our schools on a daily basis. The district thanks Ms. Solot for her five years of service to the Upper Moreland community as a board member.”

Elliott claimed that Solot’s comments were “solely hers” and did not represent the opinions of other members of the school board.

“Indeed, Board Director Greg D’Elia, who was the subject of her comments, says that he ‘supports diversity, but these comments did not further diversity and reflected poorly on our community,’” Elliott said.

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