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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ambridge Area Public Relations Chair Resigns From Committee During School Board Meeting

The Public Relations Chairperson of the Ambridge Area School District resigned from her committee at Thursday night’s board meeting.

Terry Mylan will continue in her capacity as a board member but will no longer oversee the committee in charge of community engagement for the district.

“I will be looking for volunteers from the rest of the board to take over that committee for us going forward,” Board President Scott Angus announced during the meeting.

Mylan told BeaverCountian.com after the meeting that she resigned for “personal reasons.” She declined to elaborate further.

Mylan’s resignation came just three days after BeaverCountian.com received an email from the district threatening legal action if it did not delete a photograph it had published of the school’s insignia. The image was included as part of an article about the tasing of a juvenile by police after a Sept. 13 high school football game.

Shari Berg, who serves as public relations consultant for the district under a contract with Communication Solutions Group, sent Monday’s legal threat on behalf of Superintendent Joan Welter.

“Policy 920 limits the use or reproduction of the AASD formal insignia by any groups or individuals within or outside of the District without specific prior School Board approval, which you did not obtain,” Berg wrote.

“Failure to remove our logo from your article will result in the District taking all necessary steps to protect its property, including legal action, if necessary.”

BeaverCountian.com sent a lengthy response in reply to the email.

“Unlike others your district has attempted to bully, (we) think you will find we are well educated about our legal rights including the Supreme Court’s adoption of a fair use doctrine in protection of the First Amendment, as applicable in this instance,” the reply read in part.

The site has since republished the image another 20 times.

According to the district’s website, Mylan established the Public Relations Committee in Jan. 2016 with the expressed intent of developing “goals and a strategy to increase communication, information and overall knowledge” about the school.

Mylan noted at the time that “community engagement is critical to educational success.”

See Also:

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Ambridge Chief: Preliminary Investigation Shows Officer Who Tased Teen Acted Appropriately

Teen Tased By Ambridge Police Following High School Football Game

Ambridge Superintendent Dr. Zurchin Accused Of Retaliating Against Taxpayers Who Criticize Her

John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Terry probably got “butt hurt” after public relations *consultant* Shari Berg bypassed the committee in charge of community engagement for the district, violating “rule 62”, and threatened the Beavercountian with a bogus lawsuit. After all, it is the committee’s job to decide who should be bullied and when. Not some freelance consultant.
(anyone that is not aware of “rule 62” can google it.)

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Beaver County. Yeah.

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Ambridge has to be one of the poorest run districts in the state. We pay the HIGHEST school taxes and have some of the most ineffective board members you will ever see. Even had a board president say we need to enact the increase even though we don’t need the money , get it while we can… remember saying it Mr Kowal? That meeting is on tape so… It’s classic tax and spend with no improvement ever coming from it. I would welcome a States Attorney General investigation into where our tax dollars are going and why our taxes go up EVERY YEAR! Hell, I’d love it if JP would just start an investigative series on the District!

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