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SRC Commissioner Girard-diCarlo resigns

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

[Updated 8:40 p.m.] At today’s School Reform Commission, meeting, SRC Chair Robert Archie announced the surprise news that Commissioner David Girard-diCarlo has tendered his resignation.

Girard-diCarlo notified the District and the governor in identical letters dated Feb. 8 and just received today, according to a District spokesperson.

"He is a colleague and I think I speak for my fellow commissioners when I say that he will be missed," Archie said. "He has served this commission with fidelity and has helped this commission make extremely difficult decisions regarding the future of the School District and the students attending our schools."

Archie said that Girard-diCarlo and his wife will be spending a great amount of time outside of Pennsylvania and therefore he is stepping down. Gov. Corbett will select a replacement to fill the balance of his term, which runs until 2016 2014, and the governor plans to make an announcement as soon as a replacement is named. His nominee will require approval by the state Senate.

Girard-diCarlo was not present at today’s meeting. He was appointed to the SRC by former Gov. Ed Rendell and has served since October 2009, filling the seat formerly held by James Gallagher. He was the lone Republican on the body.

The resignation gives the new governor a chance to make his mark on the SRC by filling a vacant seat within weeks of taking office. The three gubernatorial appointees each serve terms of five or seven years. Joseph Dworetzky and Denise McGregor Armbrister were appointees of Rendell; Johnny Irizarry and Archie were mayoral appointees.

Girard-diCarlo had recently been outspoken in his comments about the District’s facilities master plan, promising that this SRC would not shy away from tough decisions to deal with the estimated 70,000 vacant seats in District buildings.