School Board Reorganization

Uniontown Area School Board Reorganizes

The Uniontown Area School Board opted to keep leadership positions and committee appointments in place for 2019.

Dorothy Grahek will serve another year as president with Terry Dawson remaining vice president. Susan Clay will continue to serve as assistant secretary to the board.

Don Rugola and Pam Neill were reappointed to serve on the Uniontown City Recreation Commission for one-year terms, and Grahek was reappointed to serve on the FCCTI joint operating committee for a three-year term.

Clay will again serve as district chairperson and Grahek as representative on the PSBA legislative policy council.

The board reappointed Bill Rittenhouse to serve on the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee and the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee for one year, with Bill Gerke to serve as alternate for both.

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

School directors will continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, with the exception of January, when the board will meet on the second Monday; June, when the board will meet on the fourth Thursday; and September, when the board will meet on the first Tuesday. The board will not hold a July meeting.

Work sessions will be scheduled by the president as needed. All meetings will be held in the high school band room.

School Board Reorganization

Southmoreland Board Reorganizes

Aimee Love will remain president of the Southmoreland board of directors while Gail Rhodes will continue on as vice president.

Rhodes will also continue in her role as the legislative chairperson, as well as the board’s PSBA liaison.

Director Heather Smith was appointed as the district’s Westmoreland Intermediate Unit representative.

Directors agreed to make a small change to their meeting schedule.

Work session meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month and voting meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Directors, however, will meet for executive session matters prior to the meetings at 6:30 p.m. or before if more time is needed.

Special meetings on Jan. 24, May 23 and June 27 will be held for budget-related issues.

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LH School Board Reorganizes

The Laurel Highlands School Board voted to retain many positions and committee appointments at its reorganization meeting for 2019.

Melvyn Sepic will serve another year as president while Debra Bortz will serve again as vice president.

Gary Frankhouser of Davis & Davis of Uniontown will continue as solicitor.

The board appointed Randy Raymond to a three-year term as FCCTI representative as Sepic’s term had expired. Raymond joins Beverly Beal and Jamie Miller-D’Andrea as LH representatives to the school.

Tom Landman was appointed representative to the Southwest Tax Bureau with Bortz appointed alternate representative. Both are one-year terms.

Nancy Glad was appointed legislative chair to serve as the district’s contact for the PSBA’s governmental relations and to serve as official district representative to PSBA. Alicia Santore was appointed legislative policy council alternative.

Raymond and Brandi Kalich were appointed representative and alternate representative, respectively, to the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee.

Board meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the high school auditorium. Work sessions will be at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately prior to the voting meeting in the administrative board room.

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Frazier School Board Reorganizes

The Frazier School Board voted unanimously to keep its current officers in place. Thomas Shetterly was maintained as president and Deborah Vargo-Alekson as vice president.

District business manager Kevin Mildren was appointed to represent the district for one 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 rate of $500 per month and an hourly billing rate of $115, the same rate as 2018.

The board also set its slate of board meetings to be the third Monday of each month, beginning with a work session at 6 p.m. and the regular voting meeting immediately following at the administration building. The board will divert from that schedule in January, February and June when they meet on the fourth Monday of the month, and August and December when they meet on the first Monday of the month. There is no board meeting during the month of July.

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Connellsville Area School Board Reorganizes

The Connellsville Area School Board has new leadership.

The district’s school directors voted to make Bryan Kisiel their new board president and David Panzella their new vice president for the upcoming year.

Donald Grenaldo and Paul Harshman were named to the Connellsville City Recreation Board.

Some reorganizing for the new year has yet to be completed.

The board approved holding a work session on Jan. 7 and voting meeting on Jan. 9 but did not officially determine the rest of its meeting schedule for 2019, opting to do so this month.

The board’s solicitor for the whole of 2019 is still to be determined as well, with the board extending the contract for Proden & O’Brien of Uniontown through the January meetings so that it could address pending issues but delaying the approval a one-year term for the law firm to resume as district solicitor.

School Board Reorganization

Brownsville Area School Board Reorganizes

The Brownsville Area School Board has retained all of its officers for 2019.

Ron Dellarose Jr. will remain board president, Cheryl Terravecchia as vice president, Gary Seelye as treasurer and John Harvey as secretary.

The board reappointed district business manager Bill Boucher to serve a one-year term on each the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee and the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee. Terravecchia will serve as the alternate representative for the tax bureau committee and director Rocky Brashear for the tax collection committee.

Directors reappointed Dellarose to the FCCTI joint operating committee for a three-year term.

The board retained Davis & Davis Attorneys at Law of Uniontown as board solicitor at a monthly retainer fee of $250 and an hourly rate of $85.

The board will continue to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the auditorium of the Brownsville Area High School, with the exception of April, when the board will meeting on the third Wednesday, and July, when no meeting will be held. Work session will be held at 6 p.m. on the Monday prior to the voting meeting in the high school library.

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BVA School Board Reorganizes

The Belle Vernon Area School District retained Lou Rood as president and elected Joe Grata to the vice president position.

In addition, business manager James Dzurica will serve as board treasurer, and board member Michelle Callaway-Rodriguez as secretary. Board member Joel Whiteko will serve as assistant treasurer and administrative assistant Toni-Jo Kunka as assistant secretary.

Weiss, Burkardt Kramer LLC of Pittsburgh has been retained as board solicitor for a $500 monthly retainer fee and a $135 hourly rate for matters not covered by the retainer.

The board will hold voting meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, with the exception of April, May, August, November and December, when meetings will be held on the third Monday. Locations will switch between the high school, middle school and administration offices. Work sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the

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AG School Board Reorganizes

The Albert Gallatin Area School Board will experience a change in leadership in 2019.

Directors appointed Janet Swaney as president and Carla Franks as vice president.

Edward Colebank and Michael Dunham will remain board secretary as board treasurer, respectively. Andrews & Price Attorneys at Law of Pittsburgh was reappointed board solicitor at a monthly rate of $600 and an hourly rate of $100, both of which remain the same as last year.

School director Ryan Porupski was appointed to serve as the district’s representative on the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Executive Committee, with business manager Denise Sheetz selected to serve as an alternate.

Directors reappointed Paul Dunham to the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (FCCTI) joint operating committee for a three-year term, and Charity Grimm Krupa to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) legislative council.

The board welcomed new school director Betty Moser, who was appointed to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Jeff Myers.

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 the former D. Ferd Swaney Elementary School.