Avonworth picks board officers

Elected and sworn in during the Avonworth School Board’s reorganization meeting Monday were new president Beau Blazer and vice president Vicki Carlson. Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

By Nancy Whyte

As required by the Pennsylvania School Code, the Avonworth School Board held its reorganization meeting during the first week of December.

At Monday night’s meeting, outgoing president David Oberdick handled the duties of temporary president. Beau Blaser was declared president for 2019, and Vicki Carlson will serve as vice president.

Kate Monti and Jeff Carraway will be the 2019 representatives to the Northern Area Special (A.W. Beattie Career Center.)

Additionally, Pat Stewart was reaffirmed as a school board trustee for the Northern Region of the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium.

The board approved the schedule of work shop and regular board meetings for 2019, which will continue to meet on the first and second Mondays of each month, with several exceptions. The full schedule can be viewed on-line and are also published on Page 10 of this week’s issue of The Citizen.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, several personnel motions were approved by the Avonworth School Board during the Dec. 3 meeting.

Approved were:

A change in assignment for Jamie Shaulis, high school food service worker from 5 hours a day to lead at the elementary school for 6.25 hours a day.

Molly Long’s child care leave was extended from Jan. 15, 2019 through the end of the 2018-19 school year.

A change in status for Shannon Zangus from day-to-day high school social studies substitute to long-term high school social studies substitute, retroactive to Sept. 17.

Acceptance of the resignation of James Rosenberger, retroactive to Nov. 8.

Motions were unanimously passed. Board member Sandra Bolin was absent.
Also, the demographic study authorized by the Avonworth School Board should be finished in early 2019.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, Director of Fiscal Management Brad Waters gave an update and forecast that the report would probably be available in February. He said he had been in contact with Dr. Shelby Stewman, and substantial progress had been made, but Stewman still needed to meet with the municipalities of the district. Stewman was hired by the school board in October to conduct a demographics study for the Avonworth School District at a cost not to exceed $16,000.