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Tyrell Spradley resigns from the Harrisburg School Board, creating its second vacant seat in just one month.

The revolving door at the Harrisburg school board just keeps on swinging.

School board director Tyrell Spradley resigned today, board president Judd Pittman has confirmed.

Spradley was appointed to his two-year seat in February to replace board director Matt Krupp, who was elected Dauphin County prothonotary in November.

Spradley is the second director to leave the board since June, when Percel Eiland resigned just six months into his two-year term. On Thursday, the board selected former Director Patricia Whitehead-Myers to replace Eiland.

In May, Spradley became the subject of an inquiry by a citizen-led school reform group, CATCH (Concerned about the Children of Harrisburg.)

Members of CATCH accused Spradley of misleading the board about his legal residence and called on him to resign his seat, threatening to file a quo warranto petition with the Dauphin County district attorney if he did not.

Spradley denied the allegations but admitted spending time at a residence he owns with an ex-girlfriend in Penbrook. He insisted that his home on South Allison Hill in Harrisburg had been his fixed, legal residence for years.

Pittman said that the board will fill Spradley’s seat “very quickly.” Pennsylvania school code requires the board to name a replacement within 30 days.

In 2016, Spradley was appointed Harrisburg treasurer, but resigned that post after just 18 months on the job.

Spradley could not be immediately reached for comment.

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