PERRYOPOLIS — The Frazier School Board appointed two individuals to serve in recently vacated seats.

Frazier school directors appointed Stephen Whitehead and Rick Adams to the board during a special meeting held Tuesday.

The board accepted the resignation of school director Deborah Vargo Alekson, whose term concludes at the end of 2021, and appointed Whitehead as her replacement.

Alekson served on the board for nearly 10 years, having first won election in 2009. In a letter of resignation, she said she was grateful to have served the students, faculty, staff and taxpayers of Frazier and will continue to advocate for students in the district.

“I will not abandon the ‘fight’ for public education in our district and for the commonwealth in general. At this time, I feel the energy I have to expend on behalf of our students in all areas can be better utilized and more effective with another approach,” the letter reads.

Adams will finish the term of Lisa Strickler, who resigned from the board Aug. 12, citing professional reasons. The term runs through the end of the current year.

Strickler, who served on the board since 2010, chose to not seek reelection this year.

Adams, however, waged a successful write-in campaign during the primary election to secure the fifth and final spot on both the Democratic and Republican tickets in the November general election and will seek a full term on the board.

Whitehead also received numerous write-in votes during the primary election, though not enough to place him on the ballot for the general election on a party ticket.

The two appointed individuals were the only names put forth at the meeting for consideration for the vacant seats.

Director Stacey Erdely was subsequently named board vice president, a post previously held by Alekson.

Also Tuesday, the board:

n Amended the high school tardiness policy to require students to report to school by 7:30 a.m., with three unexcused instances of tardiness resulting in disciplinary action.

n Approved a one-year agreement with WQED Multimedia to provide PBS content focusing on STEM, literacy and technology skills to students and staff at Frazier Elementary School.

n Approved agreements with Mount Aloysius College and St. Francis University to provide college-credit courses to high school students at no cost to the district.

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