Luke Berardelli prays during a protest against the Beaver school board with student counter-protesters in the background / photo by John Paul

Luke Berardelli spoke at the protest he organized prior to a meeting of the Beaver Area School Board last night, before then addressing the board directly.

Berardelli had told the media he would be calling for the school board to not renew Superintendent Carrie Rowe’s contract, alleging she suspended Principal Steve Wellendorf because of his affiliations with the Beaver Valley Young Life Christian ministry — accusations Rowe and the district vehemently denied.

His remarks proved far more reserved than ones he had been making in the days leading up to the event. Berardelli did not repeat his allegations of religious persecution, and made no mention of Rowe’s contract with the district. He asked for Wellendorf’s reinstatement but acknowledged the reasons for the suspension are not publicly known. Berardelli then urged the community to come together.

Superintendent Carrie Rowe came out as gay at the close of yesterday’s meeting, alleging there was a vocal minority attempting to see her removed from the district because of her sexual orientation. She vowed to make the Beaver Area School District a safe place for students of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Luke Berardelli’s Remarks At His Rally:

Luke Berardelli’s Remarks To School Board:

BeaverCountian.com’s John Paul contributed to this report.

Bill Waddell
A graduate of Clarion University with a degree in Communications and minor in Journalism, Bill is a lifelong Beaver County resident. His skills in videography and sound engineering have regularly been relied upon by both national news organizations and top feature film companies.

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JW

POS Luke Berardelli should be ashamed of himself. He is truly a detriment to Beaver’s reputation just like he was on council. Walking around spewing all this guff and doesn’t have the balls to back himself up. Worthless if you ask me.

bambi
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bambi

What reputation? Beaver’s school psychologist told someone to harm themselves on twitter

Raven
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Raven

So, Luke, you created all these “Chicken LIttle” problems just to make a “come together” sermon? Save it for Sunday, save it for the sycophants who think you are relevant. And then, and then most importantly, make an abject apology to Dr. Carrie Rowe, whom you have attacked for your phony cause. She has character. You are in search of one.

wmb2007
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wmb2007

Amen (pun intended)

I thought Luke was clueless on Borough Council but this showing tops that. I mean, are you a pastor now?

Walk
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Walk

First step in unity, Dr. Carrie Rowe deserves an apology.

Raven
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Raven

First, a Beaver County Republican Committee woman makes racist remarks by calling African-American football players “baboons.” That is covered up until local and national public outrage leads to their dismissal from the committee. Then an active Young Republican Party man, who manages the Beaver County Young Republicans Facebook page, sparks bigoted intolerance in the name of Christianity against a local school district.

What an embarrassment for Beaver County.

How much longer will you sit on the sidelines, Jim Christiana, before you do something? Wait until this goes national again? The midterm elections are coming, and it isn’t looking good for you guys.

Raven
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Raven

Wow, James, look at those votes! Guess you have some work to do?

ricimer
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ricimer

See what the people of Beaver County can do when they come together. Do the same thing and recognize the immediate need for the same action to be taken with the Sheriffs Dept. Da’s office and all there friends and associates in the courthouse. They really are all part of the same disease.