West Greene board re-elects officers

December 6, 2012

ROGERSVILLE – West Greene School Board held its reorganization meeting Thursday and voted 5-4 vote to re-elect its current officers.

Regina MacDowell will remain president; Joe Coss, vice president; James Handley, Career and Technology Center representative; and Kelly Loughman, school board association liaison.

The only change involved the Career and Technology Center alternate. Shelia Simms, the current alternate, declined the position. Butch Cassiday was elected as her replacement.

The board did not accept nominations for each office. A motion to retain all existing officers was made by board member Mike Pikula, who had been appointed temporary president for the reorganization meeting.

Voting for the motion were Pikula, MacDowell, Cassiday, Loughman and Joe Coss. Voting against it were Simms, Tom Coss, Greta Mooney and Handley.

The board agreed to continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, except in November when the meeting will be Nov. 21; and December, when it will be Dec. 5.

The April and October meetings will be at the Graysville school, and May and September meetings at the Springhill-Freeport school. Other meetings will be in the middle-senior high school cafeteria.

Committee meetings will be held at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, and building and grounds committee meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

In other business, elementary principal Don Painter reported the elementary schools have received a $24,345 grant from Community Foundation of Greene County for its elementary digital arts project.

The grant, funded by Consol Energy Inc., will provide equipment including iPad tablets, printers and software to enable students to use digital photography and new art technology.

The board awarded a contract for replacement of sand and other materials from the district sewage treatment plant to Liokareas Construction at a cost of $24,900. The motion stipulated the contract includes removal of the existing materials.

The board also approved a $4,800 contract with Skelly and Loy to complete additional asbestos testing for the middle-senior high school renovation project.

The board acknowledged receipt of an approval letter from the state Department of Education for part “E” in the planning and construction process for the elementary school addition.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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