Insurance analyst Mark Panicucci has been appointed to fill an open seat on the Monessen School Board.

The board unanimously voted in favor of Panicucci’s appointment during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Panicucci is replacing Frank Rapsky, who resigned from the board last month. Rapsky left with three years remaining on his term.

Panicucci, who ran for the Monessen school board twice in the past 10 years, feels the district is moving in the right direction.

“There’s a lot of good things going on here,” he said. “Our administration and teachers are doing great things. And I’m excited about helping the board make our district even better.”

Panicucci, an insurance analyst for Citizen’s Bank, and his wife Gina have two daughters. He has lived in Monessen since 1993.

“As a parent, I’m familiar with the district and have been doing things for the kids a long time,” he said. “Becoming a school board member is a natural progression for me.”

Added Panicucci, “I don’t have an agenda. I just want to help the district. I want to be a part of the solution.”

Also, during the meeting, the board approved a five-year contract with Mark C. Turnley, a certified public accountant, who is replacing Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC as the district’ auditor. Turnley will provide services at an annual cost of $12,500.

One of Turnley’s first priorities will be to complete district audits for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The district recently submitted a corrective action plan to address a performance audit issued by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Last August, DePasquale told the district that late financial statements and reports put the district’s financing and credit ratings at risk.

In other business, the board announced that it is accepting letters of interest for the open high school head varsity softball coach position. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 21.

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