Penn Delco Update
Even after the Penn Delco School Board voted 4 to 3 to relieve Super Lawyer Mark Sereni from his solicitorship duties, the very next day the ousted Sereni notified the board that he still considered himself the district's solicitor.
Why? Because in his excellent legal opinion the board should have allowed the newly appointed board members to vote on his dismissal.
Nevermind, that the two new boardmembers in question had just been appointed that night, hadn't been sworn in and had no legal right to vote on anything until they were.
You would expect a man who has been a school solicitor for a combined 42 years would know the law when it comes to this sort of thing. Then again maybe his own self interest clouded his legal judgement.
A legal opinion letter from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association made clear the Penn Delco board acted completely within their rights and responsibilities when they jettisoned the controversial Sereni.
The letter was forwarded to Sereni who, I am told, has not be heard from since.
That Sereni would so badly misinterpret the school code and to his own advantage is just one more reason why the district is probably very well rid of him.
His actions here kind of remind me of this.
UPDATE: Some "anonymous" posters have been questioning the existence of such a letter sent to Mr. Sereni. So let me be clear.
While the letter was written by the PSBA's general counsel, Mike Levin, it was not written in his capacity as PSBA's general counsel but as a consultant to the district.
However, in-house PSBA lawyers also gave verbal opinions to the district supporting it's removal of Solicitor Sereni in a 4 to 3 vote as perfectly legal.
Levin is considered to be the top legal experts on school law in Pennsylvania. Are Mr. Sereni's anonymous supporters saying his legal opinion is wrong?
One anonymous poster seems to be either questioning the existence of the opinion letter or seems to believe that because it wasn't written on PSBA stationary it should be considered as non-existent. That's sounds like a weirdly legalistic point of view.
If there are any lawyers familiar with the school code who would like to weigh in on this matter, their insights would be welcome. It would be nice if they identified themselves though, so readers can evaluate what axes they may have to grind.
That invitation, of course, includes Mr. Sereni himself, should he be so disposed.