PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line school board acknowledged the departure and years of service of board member Thomas McCracken on Tuesday during the regular board meeting at the Purchase Line High School.
McCracken was thanked for his 12 years of service by the board as he was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association’s Honor Roll of School Board Service.
“The board of directors of the PSBA proudly presents this certificate of appreciation to Thomas McCracken of the Purchase Line School District for 12 years of service,” Superintendent James Bradley read.
“This is in recognition of long-term contributions of individuals who bring their energy, talent and values to the guidance of youth and public education in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
“I especially want to thank you, Mr. McCracken, for the diligent and unselfish donating of your time and your talents, to thank you for your leadership and guidance in governing the district,” Sandra Fyock said during public comments.
“I hope my father can forgive me,” McCracken joked, “because he and my grandfather always told me the two things you don’t get on are the borough council or the school board.”
McCracken said he had no plans, only that he was wanted to “just to spend Monday nights at home, maybe I’ll get to watch a Monday night football game once in a while. I’ve enjoyed it.
“It was rewarding, but 12 years is enough.”
Superintendent Bradley celebrated his fifth full day in the district owing to recent holidays keeping the weeks short.
“It’s been a nice transition, and I’m grateful for the administrators,” he said. “Every one of them has been very gracious in their time to allow me to meet with them and to pick their brain and to find out what their strengths and their areas of concern are.”
Bradley stated that he has had a chance to meet with the staffs of both the elementary school and the high schools as well as walk around the buildings, noting the pride the maintenance crews must take in the appearance of the district’s buildings and grounds.
Bradley was hired as district superintendent during a work session meeting on Nov. 4.