By Mary Spicer
With four newly-elected members and one re-elected member duly sworn in during a special reorganization meeting Monday night, Crawford Central School Board is ready for 2014. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s Instructional Support Center, 11280 Mercer Pike, in Vernon Township. A work session is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
As required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, school boards all over Crawford County are conducting annual reorganization meetings during the first week in December. “Reorganization” activities include the reading of certificates of election, administration of oaths of office, election of president and vice president, appointments to represent the board on various committees and associations and the setting of a calendar of meetings for the coming year.
Board members John Amato, Melissa Burnett, Jan Feleppa and Glenn Tuttle were sworn in for their first terms along with Jeff Deardorff, who will serve his second term. All were elected to four-year terms with the exception of Tuttle, who was elected to fill the two remaining years of the term of Kevin Maziarz, who resigned.
With Tuttle casting the swing vote in a pair of 5-4 splits, incumbent Jan VanTuil defeated challenger Deardorff for presidency of the board and newcomer Jan Feleppa defeated incumbent Jon DeArment for the vice-presidency.
Carol Jones, Frank Schreck, DeArment, Tuttle and VanTuil voted for VanTuil for president; Deardorff received votes from Amato, Feleppa, Burnett and Deardorff.
Votes in favor of Feleppa for vice-president were cast by Amato, Deardorff, Burnett, Tuttle and Feleppa, while Jones, Schreck, DeArment and VanTuil supported DeArment.
Without opposition, VanTuil and Jones were re-appointed to serve as representative and alternate representative, respectively, to Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Also without opposition, Schreck was re-appointed to serve as a delegate on the French Creek Council of Governments and Tuttle was appointed alternate delegate.
Crawford Central and Titusville Area school boards completed their official duties Monday; PENNCREST School Board meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the Saegertown Elementary School cafeteria and Conneaut School Board meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Conneaut Area Senior High School’s Schafer annex.
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.