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Chartiers Valley school board leaves vacant seat open

| Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Chartiers Valley school board will be operating with one less member until December.

Last week, school director Jamie Stevenson resigned with more than two years remaining in his four-year term. He did not offer a public explanation for his departure.

On Tuesday, the school board announced that it will leave the seat vacant until voters elect a new director in November. The board declined the opportunity to name a temporary replacement, who would have served until December.

“We are not going to appoint a short-term director,” said Tony Mazzarini, president of the school board. “We are going to go through the election process and we will welcome our new director in December at our reorganization meeting.”

The suddenly up-for-grabs seat adds a touch of drama to a school board election that had pretty much been settled months ago.

Until last week, there were four candidates running for four school board seats. Barring a surprise write-in campaign, incumbents Mazzarini, Julie Murphy, and Eric Kraemer will remain on the board, and Brian Kopec will fill the seat currently held by Alka Patel, who is not running for re-election.

Now, Democratic and Republican officials have until Monday to select a candidate to run for Stevenson's seat on their party's ticket.

The party committee representative from each voting ward in the Chartiers Valley can cast a vote toward selecting a candidate. Each party's county committee chair signs off on that vote and submits the result to the county Department of Elections to add to November's ballot.

Tim McNellie is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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