McIver exit prompts search for new school board member

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The search is on for a new volunteer to serve on the Philadelphia school board, following original member Angela McIver's unexpected resignation.

McIver had served on the nine-member board since it was formed in 2018, and became one of its more outspoken members. In May, she cast the only vote against the district budget, saying it spent too much on school police and not enough on activities like athletics.

Board president Joyce Wilkerson said McIver played a major role in developing its plan to improve student achievement called "Goals and Guardrails."

"Her contributions to the board's evolution from the School Reform Commission have been invaluable," Wilkerson said. "She's continued to remind us again and again of the transformational value of cocurricular activities for students such as art, music and athletics."

"I believe to my core that this will help us move the needle for every single student in the school district," McIver said to Wilkerson Thursday. "Your leadership made this happen and my one regret is that I will not be there to see it through."

At her final meeting, McIver thanked Superintendent William Hite for his leadership during the pandemic. "I also want to thank my fellow board members who made me love coming to work every Thursday," she said.

"Every single board member believes deeply in serving our children and that our children come first."

McIver has a small business named the Trapezium Math Club, which runs after-school math programs. Mayor Jim Kenney's educational nominating panel will now suggest three candidates to replace McIver for the unpaid board seat.