By Mary Spicer
VERNON TOWNSHIP —
The annual statewide tradition known as School Board Reorganization kicked off in Crawford County Monday night when Crawford Central School Board convened its reorganization meeting at 5 p.m. PENNCREST School Board’s reorganization meeting followed at 7 p.m. at Saegertown Elementary School and Conneaut School Board will reorganize Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the district’s Linesville campus.
All of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts are required to hold annual reorganization meetings during the first week of December to select officers and representatives to various organizations and set a schedule of meetings for the coming year.
Under the direction of temporary President Carol Jones, long-time incumbent Jan VanTuil was named president of Crawford Central School Board and Jon DeArment was selected for his first term as vice president.
With board members Jeff Deardorff and David Miller absent, all votes taken during the course of the board’s reorganization meeting passed by 7-0 margins.
Frank Schreck was re-appointed to a three-year term as one of the board’s three representatives on Crawford County Career and Technical Center’s Joint Operating Committee. VanTuil and Jones were re-appointed to one-year terms as representative and alternate representative, respectively, to Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Schreck was renamed delegate to the county’s Council on Governments, and Mitch Roe was named alternate.
The biggest item on the board’s reorganization schedule was a decision on whether to change the starting times of the board’s monthly meetings and work sessions, also known as meetings of the Committee of the Whole. The board notes that its Committee of the Whole meetings “are merely to discuss and deliberate information that may be placed on the regular meeting agenda, and no official action is taken.”
With the only comment coming from VanTuil, who noted that an earlier starting time would enable board members to attend more school-related activities, the board agreed to move its current 6 p.m. starting time to 5:30 p.m.
With a few exceptions due to holidays, Crawford Central’s work sessions take place on the third Monday of each Month, and the board meetings follow on the fourth Monday.
The board’s next work session will be Jan. 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. and the board meeting will follow on Jan. 28, 2013. The board meets in the district’s Instructional Support Center, 11280 Mercer Pike, in Vernon Township.
All work sessions and meetings are open to the public.