RIDLEY TOWNSHIP — The Ridley Board of School Directors has accepted the retirement and resignation of veteran school director Patrick J. Welsh after 32 years of service on the board. Welsh is moving from the district.
"It has been my privilege and honor to serve the students, staff and administration," Welsh said of his time as a school director. "Although my physical address will no longer be within the Ridley School District,my heart will always remain."
The school board is seeking applications to fill the vacancy on the board and will appoint a new member at its regular meeting on Dec. 2. Applicants must be a citizen of Pennsylvania, be at least 18 years old, be of good moral character, and be a resident of the school district for at least one year.
Persons who wish to be considered for a seat on the school board should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Charles Maiers, Ridley School Board secretary, 901 Morton Ave., Suite 100, Folsom, PA 19033, by noon on Nov. 22. Late applications will not be considered.
Welsh was honored at the school board's October meeting by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for his more than three decades on the Ridley board. Welsh served on the board during the construction of the new Ridley High School in 2001, the rebuilding of the sports complex and helped to maintain the upkeep in all of the school district's buildings. He is a 1961 graduate of Ridley Township High School. He served in the Navy and is an active member in the Fleet Reserve Association-Philadelphia as chaplain. He was an employee of Scott Paper Co. before retiring from Foamex.
Welsh is an Elder for Ridley Park Presbyterian Church.