Uniontown Area School Board Reorganization

The Uniontown Area School Board voted Terry Dawson to the helm as board president for 2020. He is joined by Susan Clay, who will serve as vice president.

Dawson and director Don Rugola were appointed to the Uniontown City Recreation Commission for a one-year terms. Board newcomer John C. Holt was appointed to a three-year term on the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute joint operating committee.

Clay will again serve as district chairperson, and director Dorothy Grahek as representative, to the PSBA legislative policy council.

The board reappointed director Bill Rittenhouse to serve on the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau executive committee and the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee for one year, with Rugola to serve as alternate for the former and newly elected board member Jon Tanner as alternate for the latter.

Grahek will serve as assistant secretary to the board.

The board voted to retain the legal services of Maiello Brungo & Maiello of Pittsburgh as solicitor.

School directors will continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the high school band room. (Exceptions include when the board meets the second Monday in January, the third Monday in June and the second Tuesday in September. There is no meeting in July.) Work sessions will be scheduled by the president as needed.

Southmoreland School Board Reorganization

At its recent reorganization meeting, the Southmoreland School Board appointed Gail Rhodes president of the board and voted Jason Pawlikowski as vice president.

Three new board members — Kristy Smith, Michelle Williams and Catherine Fike — took their seats.

Smith will be the PSBA legislative chairperson, and Rhodes will be the PSBA regional cabinet representative.

Business manager James Marnell was appointed board treasurer through the end of the fiscal year in June 2020.

Work session meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, and voting meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Directors will meet for executive session matters prior to the meetings at 6:30 p.m. or prior, if needed.

LH School Board Reorganization

Many of the positions and committee appointments will remain the same for the Laurel Highlands School Board.

Melvyn Sepic was chosen to serve another term as president, with Debra Bortz serving another year as vice president.

Gary Frankhouser of Davis & Davis in Uniontown will continue as solicitor at the same rate as last year.

The board voted to name Sepic as representative to the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute joint operating committee for a three-year term.

Director Randy Raymond was named as the representative to the Southwest Tax Bureau for one year. Director Tom Landman will serve as representative to the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee. Bortz was selected as the alternate for both committees.

Director Nancy Glad was appointed to serve as the PSBA’s governmental relations contact and representative. New board member Kim Renze was named the alternate.

Raymond was named board treasurer.

Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (with no meeting to be held in July) in the high school auditorium. Work sessions will be held at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately prior to the voting meeting in the administrative board room.

Frazier School Board Reorganization

The Frazier School Board will maintain its officers in 2020. School directors reappointed Thomas Shetterly president and Stacey Erdely vice president.

District business manager Kevin Mildren was will represent the district for another year on the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau executive committee and the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee.

The board retained Davis & Davis of Uniontown as district solicitor at a monthly rate of $600 — an increase of $100 — and an hourly billing rate of $115, the same rate as in 2019.

The board will alter its meeting schedule in the coming year, electing to meet the fourth Monday of each month, beginning with a work session at 6 p.m. and the regular voting meeting immediately following. (Exceptions include when the board meets the second Monday in May and the third Monday in August. There is no meeting in July.) Additional work sessions will be held at the same time on the second Monday of the month. All meetings will take place in the board room of the administration building.

Connellsville Area School Board Reorganization

Directors at the Connellsville Area School Board appointed Michael Omatick as president and voted Donald Grenaldo to the vice president position.

Director Paul Harshman and newly elected board member Marcie Cellurale Sangston were appointed to the Connellsville City Recreation Board for a one-year term. District business manager Marlene Grenell was appointed treasurer, and assistant business manager Cherie Routzahn was named assistant treasurer for the district. Grenell was also appointed to represent the district at the annual meeting of the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau and Routzahn as alternate.

The board voted unanimously to retain the law firm of Watson Mundorff & Sepic of Connellsville as district solicitor with the same term and conditions as the previous year.

The board will conduct regular monthly voting meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the auditorium of Connellsville Area High School, with agenda meetings to take place on the Monday prior to the voting meeting at the same time and location

Brownsville School Board Reorganization

Brownsville Area School Board members unanimously reappointed Ronald Dellarose Jr. and Cheryl Terravecchia, respectively, to serve as president and vice president for the coming year.

The board selected district business manager Bill Boucher as representative and Terravecchia as alternate for the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau executive committee. In addition, the board chose Boucher as representative and director Rocky Brashear as alternate for the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee. Each appointee will serve a one-year term.

Director Gary Seelye was reelected to serve a three-year term as representative for the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute joint operating committee, while director Richard Gates was elected to serve a three-year term as representative for the Intermediate Unit 1.

The board also voted to retain Davis & Davis of Uniontown as board solicitor for a retainer of $250 per month and an hourly rate of $85. The Herald-Standard was named the designated newspaper of record for the district.

The board will continue to hold regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the high school auditorium. Planning sessions and committee meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the Monday preceding the voting meeting in the high school library.

BVA School Board Reorganization

The Belle Vernon Area School District Board of Directors unanimously picked Joe Grata as its new president for 2020.

In addition, the board elected director Dan Engstrom as vice president, director Michelle Callaway-Rodriguez as secretary, business manager Crystal Clark as treasurer (until May 2020), director Kathy Forte as assistant treasurer and director Dan Kovatch as Act 32 representative for the Westmoreland County Tax Collection District.

The board also reappointed Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC of Pittsburgh as solicitor with a $500 monthly retainer fee and an hourly rate of $135 for matters not covered by the retainer.

Robert Harhai and Justin Kosanko were sworn in as the newest members of the board.

Regular meetings will be held at 7 p.m. and will be rotated monthly between the high school auditorium and the middle school cafeteria. During June, July and August, regular meeting will be held at the administration offices. Specific dates for meetings can be found on the district website.

AG School Board Re-Organization

The Albert Gallatin Area School Board elected new leadership, appointing Carla Franks as president and Ryan Porupski as vice president. Director Betty Moser was named board secretary.

The board retained Andrews & Price of Pittsburgh as solicitor at a monthly rate of $600 and an hourly rate of $100, which remain the same as the prior year.

Business manager Vince Belczyk was appointed to a one-year term as the district’s representative on the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau executive committee, with Porupski to serve as alternate. Director Charity Grimm Krupa was reappointed to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) legislative council.

Two newcomers to the board were selected to serve on the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute joint operating committee: Carl Planiczka on a two-year term and Bob Mangold on a three-year term.

Mangold, who won both two-year and four-year open board seats, chose to fill the four-year seat. The board held an election to fill the open two-year seat and chose Paul Dunham over Candice Jordon by a 5-1-1 vote.

The board will continue to hold voting meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, with work sessions being held at the same time on the prior Monday. All meetings will take place in the cafeteria of D. Ferd Swaney Elementary School.

AG board appoints Paul Dunham to two-year seat

A familiar face is returning to the Albert Gallatin Area School Board after a majority of school directors opted to fill a vacancy by appointment Wednesday.

Paul Dunham, whose four-year term on the school board ended this month, will rejoin the board for a two-year term to fill out the nine-member board.

The vacancy occurred as the result of newly seated school director Bob Mangold, who was not present Wednesday, winning election in November to both a four-year seat and a two-year seat on the board. Mangold selected to serve in the four-year position, leaving a vacancy in the two-year seat, which the board is required to fill by appointment.

Mangold ran unopposed in the general election in the race for the two-year seat.

The Pennsylvania Public School Code gives school boards the authority to fill vacancies by appointment.

Dunham was nominated for the appointment by director Betty Moser, a move that was supported by Michael Dunham, Carla Franks, David Howard and Carl Planiczka.

Director Charity Grimm Krupa nominated for the position Candice Jordon, a retired Albert Gallatin administrator.

Declining to vote for either nominee, director Ryan Porupski instead called for an impartial appointment of the seat to be made by the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Solicitor Lee Price explained to the board at the start of Wednesday’s meeting that the board had 30 days to fill the vacancy, at the end of which, if the vacancy remains unfilled, the court of common pleas could appoint an individual to the seat upon the petition of at least 10 district taxpayers.

The nominations occurred after a failed motion by Krupa to add to the meeting agenda a motion to seek applicants for the vacant position through letters of interests and an open interview process to be conducted at a public board meeting scheduled for later this month. Krupa’s motion was not seconded.

Paul Dunham served a four-year term on the school board that recently ended with the installation of new board members following the November general election. Dunham was elected to the board in 2015. He lost a reelection bid earlier this year in the May primary.

The district reported Thursday morning that Paul Dunham had accepted the two-year position and was sworn in at the district administration office. He will serve in the two-year seat until December 2021.