After electing new members in November and accepting a resignation from former board member Karen Miller, the West Chester Area School Board is finally operating at a full nine members.
The Board voted and instated its ninth member, Brett Binder, at its meeting at Rustin High School on Monday.
Binder, who was approved by the board in a 5-3 vote, was one of seven area candidates who had presented their case before the board in a series of meetings earlier in November.
“I think that Brett brings a different kind of diversity to this board … that’s really needed,” board member Joyce Chester said of the Binder, who was sworn into his position Monday night.
Board member Robin Kaliner said that she voted while considering “bringing on a new member with some experience.”
“I agree that there are some skill sets that we need support in, in areas such as capital and facilities, and legislation.”
Binder is a lawyer with Binder & Canno in East Bradford. He ran against Representative Dan Truitt for the House of Representatives District 156 in 2012.During his 15 minute presentation to the board, Binder said that he thought “he could be helpful in drafting public policy” thanks to his law background and that one of his focuses for the board going forward was to for the district to be able to provide “a broad education” to its students.