Judge removes five school board members in response to masking opponents’ petition
Beth Ann Rosica, a West Chester parent and executive director of Back to School PA, addresses the West Chester Area School Board during the public comment time at their meeting on March 28, 2022. - Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — A Chester County, Pennsylvania, judge has ordered the removal of five of the nine West Chester school board members, granting a petition from residents opposed to masking requirements. In an order Tuesday, Judge William Mahon said the five members — Sue Tiernan, Joyce Chester, Kate Shaw, Karen Herrmann and Daryl Durnell — were removed after failing to respond to the February petition. The petition was filed by Beth Ann Rosica, a West Chester parent who has opposed district pandemic measures and who is executive director of Back to School PA, the pro-school reopening political ac...