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York superintendent, board members quit

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A big shake-up in the York City School District: The district has no superintendent. She suddenly quit Wednesday night, and she wasn't alone.

Just as the meeting began, board member James Morgan stepped down, saying his resignation was effective "five minutes ago."

Shortly after that, another board member quit.

"I tendered my resignation because of the vindictiveness of the leadership of our board," said Rev. Aaron Willford, "I've lost all confidence in her ability to lead."

Willford said he was upset over the way superintendent Dr. Deborah Wortham was treated. He's convinced she was forced out.

"The board had absolutely nothing to do with forcing Dr. Wortham out," said school board president Margie Orr.

The district is under a declaration of moderate financial distress. A chief recovery officer has been brought in to help.

"I think under the plan with him, the district can move forward," said Willford, "but with the president that we presently have, the district's going to hell."

"I don't make all the decisions on this board," said Orr, "It takes a majority vote. I didn't make the decisions myself."

Orr said she's disappointed in the resignations, but what's done is done. Her priorities lie elsewhere.

"Moving the district forward," she said, "with the internal plan and having all confidence that we will succeed in getting this district back on track."

Dr. Wortham had been with the district since 2011. Reaction to her departure has been mixed. Some say she did a good job with the struggling district, others say it was time for a change.

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