PERRYOPOLIS-The Frazier School Board will start the 2002 school year with a new president and vice president, as well as three new board members, following its annual reorganization Tuesday.

John H. Lowery III was elected to serve as the board's new president, a position held for the last two consecutive years by John C. Boone. Casting the lone no vote in the matter was board member Eugene Gearing.

Gearing, who previously served as vice president, was not re-elected to the position. Taking his place will be Bill Vargo who received a unanimous vote.

Taking their official seat on the board were new members William J. Stark, John Keffer, David Simmons and incumbent John Sterdis.

With the election of new officers and the induction of new board members, the board also agreed to change their monthly meetings from the third Thursday to the third Wednesday of each month.

The sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

A work session will be held prior to the regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the board room.

Following the reorganization, the board conducted its December meeting and agreed to retain Davis & Davis as solicitor. Representing the law firm is attorney Nicholas Timperio.

The board also unanimously approved for business manager Tom Shetterly to continue serving as the board's representative to the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee for a second, consecutive one-year term.

The board also conducted the following business:

n Approved salary increases for support staff for the 2001-02 school year based on employee evaluations.

n Agreed to apply for a competitive school renovation grant to be awarded through the federal government.

The district is eligible to receive up to $500,000.

Dr. Frederick Smeigh, superintendent, said if the district is awarded the grant the funds may be used to offset expenditures associated with the two elementary school roof projects.

"If it is granted, it would be a phenomenal benefit for the school district," said Smeigh.

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