WASD solicitor Fred Holland wants $20,000 retainer and a raise for ’21-’22


Talkwilliamsport.com in reviewing the March 16, 2021 WASD school board meeting agenda; Fred Holland wants a $20,000 retainer to continue as WASD solicitor from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.


5.3 Consider appointing Fred A. Holland, from Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C., as school district solicitor, for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, at a retainer of $20,000 and an hourly rate of $160 (an increase from $150 per hour from 2020-2021) for matters that fall outside the scope of the retainer.


Also on the agenda, is the second reading of the proposed WASD policy titled “Discipline of Student Convicted/Adjudicated of Sexual Assault”.

Under section number #6 and labeled “BOARD POLICY” and “Questions may be directed to Dr. Bowers”; the proposed policy reads as follows:

Questions may be directed to Dr. Bowers.

6.1 Consider approving the second reading and board adoption of new policy 218.3

“Discipline of Student Convicted/Adjudicated of Sexual Assault”

of the Williamsport Area School District Board policy

based on new School Code section 24 P.S. 1318.1, and renumbering of current  Board policy on

“Gangs” to 218.4 as a clerical revision to align with

PSBA recommended numbering system.


The proposed policy arrives little more than four weeks after the bombshell report published on February 15, 2021 by TalkWilliamsport.com; BREAKING NEWS: WAHS student criminally charged by South Carolina authorities in 2018 baseball team incident.”

From; BREAKING NEWS: Is the WASD finally acknowledging Myrtle Beach victims with new policy?

TalkWilliamsport.com researched and found a School Law Bullets article on the legislation noted addressed by the KingSpry’s Education Law Practice Group website titled, “Public School Code Revision Requires Separation of Perpetrators and Victims of Sexual Assaults.”

“Senator Martin, the law’s sponsor, stated the goal of the law is to ensure that victims of sexual assault do not have to uproot their own education and social networks to avoid contact with an abuser.”

“The requirements of the Act go into effect on January 12, 2021.

The law applies to school districts, career and technical schools, intermediate units,

and charter schools.”


The time period between January 12, 2021 and March 2, 2021 is 50 days.

The next WASD school board meeting will be held virtually Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6 p.m.