Area school boards welcomed new faces, and set meeting schedules for the coming year during their annual reorganization meetings earlier this month. Boards in Fayette and Greene counties made the following adjustments for 2016:
Albert Gallatin Area board members unanimously appointed Michael Dunham as president and Tom DeGusipe as vice president.
Lee Price of Andrew and Price Attorneys at Law of Pittsburgh was reappointed solicitor at a salary of $95 per hour and a $600 monthly retainer. Doug Sholtis was also reappointed to the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PBSA) legislative policy council.
Edward Colebank will remain secretary of the board, while directors appointed Ken Plisko to finish out the term for board treasurer. Directors also welcomed two new board members, Betty Leonard Moser and Paul Dunham.
Directors also reapproved that school board voting sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, with the work sessions to be held the Monday prior.
However, directors changed the locations where the meetings will be held.
They adopted the following schedule: George J. Plava Elementary School in January and February; D. Ferd Swaney Elementary in March and April; Friendship Hill Elementary in May and June; Masontown Elementary in July and August; A.L. Wilson Elementary in September and October; and Smithfield Elementary in November and December.
Brownsville Area School Directors gave unanimous approval to maintain its leadership for 2016. R.W. “Rocky” Brashear and Ron Dellarose Jr. were re-appointed to serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the Brownsville Area School Board.
The board appointed the district’s business manager, William Boucher, to serve a one-year term on each the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee and the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee. Dellarose will serve as the alternate representative for both committees. Both Dellarose and School Director Andy Dorsey, were appointed to serve a three-year term on the joint operating committee of the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (FCCTI).
The board also voted to retain the legal services of Davis and Davis Attorneys at Law of Uniontown for a monthly retainer of $250, and named the Herald-Standard as the designated newspaper of record for the district.
The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in regular session on the third Thursday of each month in the auditorium of the Brownsville Area High School. Work session meetings continue to be held at the same time on the Monday prior.
No meeting is scheduled in July, and the board will reorganize on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Carmichaels Area school board members unanimously appointed Tom Ricco as president and Edmond McIntire as vice president.
Director Pete Shlosky was appointed to serve as board treasurer. Richard Krause agreed to serve as the legislative representative, and newly elected board member Lewis May will serve as the strategic plan representative.
The board also voted to retain Sam Davis, from Davis and Davis Attorneys at Law in Uniontown, as the solicitor. Davis earns a compensation of $350 per month, and $75 an hour for any additional hours.
Regular meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the high school media center.
The Connellsville Area School Board has new leadership for 2016, with directors appointing Jay Fox III as president and James Duncan as vice-president.
The board also welcomed Bryan Kisiel as the board’s newest school director.
Kisiel and School Director Daniel Martucci, have been appointed to the Connellsville City Recreation Board for a one-year term.
The board appointed Acting Superintendent Phil Martell as voting delegate and Acting Business Manager Cherie Routzahn as alternate voting delegate to the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau for 2016 representation by the Connellsville Area School District.
The board will conduct monthly non-voting committees at 8 p.m Monday prior to the second Wednesday of the month (Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 7, April 11, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 7) in the auditorium of Connellsville Area High School. The regular voting meeting for directors in 2016 will be held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month (Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9). Prior to the regular meeting on Dec. 7, 2016, the board will hold a reorganization meeting.
Frazier School Directors gave approval to maintain its leadership for 2016.
Thomas Shetterly was re-appointed to serve as president of the Frazier School Board and will also will serve another year as a member of the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee representing the district. Shetterly will also serve another year as a member of the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee for 2016 for a one-year term representing the district.
Dave Simmons was re-appointed to serve as vice president on the Frazier School Board, and Kevin Brown will finish out the board treasurer position until May, as the position was left vacant with John Sterdis leaving the board.
The board retained the law firm Davis & Davis for 2015 at a rate of $500 per month and a yearly total of $6,000. The hourly billing rate is $110, which does not reflect an increase from last year.
The board changed its monthly meeting schedule. Directors will plan to meet the fourth Monday of each month with a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular meeting immediately following. The board will also hold work sessions on the second Thursday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. All meetings will be held in the administration office.
The board also welcomed two new directors Jason Erdely and Tracy Angelo.
John Shaffer, who turned down a nomination to serve as Jefferson-Morgan School Board president last year, accepted this year and was elected by unanimous vote to replace Lisa Mattish.
Mattish announced in November that she would be stepping down as board president to afford other directors the opportunity to serve in the position.
Bob Mitchell, also by unanimous vote, was reelected to serve as board vice president.
Both Shaffer and Mitchell were the only nominees for the positions.
Director Donna Brown will once again serve as the representative to the Greene County Career and Technical Center with Director Mark Pochron serving as an alternate.
Directors by unanimous vote at their Dec. 1 meeting re-adopted current board policies and announced they had no items of unfinished business to wrap up for the year.
Also at the meeting, district Solicitor Earnest DeHaas administered the Oath of Office to newly-elected Director Brittany Anderson Morrison, who replaces former Director Jon Hildebrand.
The board will continue in 2016 to meet for its work sessions at 6:30 p.m. and its regular meetings at 7 p.m. in the John E. Murphy Elementary Library on the third Monday of each month with the following date changes: Tuesday, Jan. 19;Tuesday, Feb. 16; and Monday, Dec. 5.
Laurel Highlands School Board welcomed two new members to the realm of government Wednesday during annual reorganization.
Nancy Glad and Alicia Santore, who each won a seat in the May general election, joined incumbents Melvyn Sepic, Jamie Miller-D’Andrea and Debra Bortz who were re-elected to their respective posts.
The board bid adieu last month to outgoing members William Elias and Curtis Jacobs with Elias having served eight years and Jacobs, six years.
For the most part, members retained their respective positions on the board with Angelo Giachetti as president and Melvyn Sepic, vice president.
Gary Frankhouser was retained as solicitor at a fee of $80 an hour at the same rate as last year.
Sepic was appointed to a three-year term as representative to the FCCTI previously held by departing board member Bill Elias.
Beverly Beal will serve as representative to the Southwest Tax Bureau for one year and Debra Bortz as alternate representative.
Newly elected board members Nancy Glad and Alicia Santore were appointed as legislative chairperson and legislative policy council alternate, respectively to serve as the district’s contact for PSBA’s Governmental Relations and also as official district representative to PSBA.
Bortz will serve as representative to the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee and Jamie Miller-D’Andrea as alternate. The board agreed to continue its regular meetings for 2016 the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium with work sessions held at 5 p.m. the Tuesday prior in the administration board room.
School Directors in the Southeastern Greene School District appointed Janet Pennington to lead the board in the new year as president. The position was previously held by Joseph Spiker.
The board also has a new vice president, with J.R. Antill filling the position. Gary Moser served as vice president last year.
Directors retained the law firm of Berggren & Turturice at a rate of $100 per hour.
Directors also welcomed two new board members, David Garrison and Leonard Novak at the annual reorganization meeting.
Board meetings in the new year will commence at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the cafeteria of the Mapletown Jr.-Sr. High school. Committee meetings will be held the third Monday prior to the board meeting at 6 p.m. if necessary.
The Uniontown Area School Board has new leadership for 2016, with directors appointing Terry Dawson as president and Dorothy Grahek as vice-president. Susan Clay will serve as assistant secretary to the board.
School Directors will continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in 2016, with the exception of June, when the board plans to meet on the last day of the month to adopt the 2016-17 budget, and September, when the board will meet on a Tuesday due to Labor Day. The board will not hold a July meeting. Work sessions will be scheduled by Dawson as needed. All meetings will be held in the band room of the Uniontown Area High School.
The board also welcomed two new members to the board, Bill Collier and Pamela Neill.
Don Rugola and Neill were appointed to serve on the Uniontown City Recreation Commission for a term of one year, and Grahek was appointed to serve on the Joint Operating Committee of the FCCTI for a three-year term. Grahek and Susan Clay retained their spots on the PSBA legislative policy council, with Clay serving as chairperson for the PSBA committee.
A motion to retain the law firm of Davis and Davis Attorneys at Law of Uniontown failed, with four directors voting in favor, and five opposing the measure.
However a second motion to seek requests for proposal for professional legal services in the form of school district solicitor, passed by a vote of 6-3.