GROVE CITY – A Grove City school board member has been cited with harassment for an incident that was reported at the school after last Monday night’s board meeting.
Carolyn Oppenheimer, 57, of 140 Overhill St., Grove City, was cited on Wednesday. Grove City police issued a news release on Tuesday that said they responded to the high school at 9:46 p.m. Monday for a disturbance.
According to court documents from the office of District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township:
The victim named in the citation is fellow board member Patricia Wilson, of Springfield Township.
She told police that Oppenheimer had wrapped her arms around her in a “bear hug” and “hit her in the nose with her hand while ripping paper” from Wilson.
Oppenheimer declined an opportunity to comment, and Wilson did not return a message seeking comment. This is Wilson’s first year on the school board, and Oppenheimer has served since 2016.
Dr. Jeffrey Finch, superintendent of Grove City Area School District, said that the incident happened after the board’s executive session adjourned. The public meeting had ended around 9:30 p.m., and there were no community members present at the time of the incident.
Finch said he was not in the board room when the incident happened, so he did not feel comfortable commenting on what took place. He confirmed that police were called to the school.
Board President Dr. Constance Nichols said she doesn’t expect the incident to come up for discussion at this Monday’s board meeting since it didn’t happen during a public meeting.
She declined further comment when asked if she could address board members’ behavior, and whether there have been any problems with school directors getting along.
Monday’s board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the district administration offices.