Eric McGuirk

Eric McGuirk

LINESVILLE — Conneaut School Board appointed Eric McGuirk of Summit Township to fill a vacant board seat created by the resignation of Cheryl Krachkowski in October. McGuirk received six votes, while Dale Gillette of Summerhill Township received two.

McGuirk has worked at the Crawford County Career & Technical Center since 1991 and continues to serve as guidance counselor there. His children attended Conneaut schools, he said, and he looks forward to serving out the remainder of Krachkowski’s term, which expires at the end of 2019.

“I’ve worked with kids ever since I was 18,” McGuirk said after participating in his first meeting as a board member, “and I just love to serve the community and help kids get the best options in life that they can.”

Board President Dot Luckock said the board was fortunate to receive “three quality applicants.”

The candidates were interviewed at a public hearing prior to the board’s work session Wednesday.

“We’re very appreciative of community members willing to volunteer time to benefit our students, the schools in general and our communities,” Luckock said.

Along with Luckock, board members Don Ellis, Jamie Hornstein, Kevin Jacobs, Katrina Klink and Tim McQuiston voted for McGuirk. John Burnham and Theressa Miller voted for Gillette.

McGuirk will represent the district’s Region 2, which comprises Conneautville and Springboro boroughs and Summit, Spring and Summerhill townships.

Unlike other districts in Crawford County and the vast majority of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, whose members are selected at large by all district voters, voters in each of Conneaut’s three geographic regions select three members each. The boundaries of Region 2 correspond roughly with the former Conneautville attendance area.

Mike Crowley can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mcrowley@meadvilletribune.com.

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