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Hauser assumes leadership of Greater Latrobe School Board

Jeff Himler
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Eric Hauser
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Eric Hauser

Greater Latrobe School Board elected Eric Hauser as its new president Tuesday as the panel reorganized. Hauser, a Latrobe resident and plant operator for the Latrobe Municipal Authority, has been a board member for six years and had served as vice president.

Hauser said he hopes to “maintain the good school district that we already have.” He took over leadership of the board from Rhonda Laughlin, who failed to gain reelection as a school director in November.

Solicitor Ned Nakles swore into office two newly elected directors — former high school principal Steven LoCascio and Michael O'Barto, who resigned from his longtime post of Unity Township supervisor to join the board — and returning board members Heidi Kozar and William Palmer.

O'Barto cast the sole vote against Hauser as president, indicating he doesn't know Hauser well.

Conrad Lazor edged Heidi Kozar for vice president, by a 5-4 vote. LoCascio, O'Barto, Merle Musick and Dr. Michael Zorch supported Lazor's nomination; Hauser, Palmer and Susan Mains favored Kozar.

Nakles will continue as solicitor in 2018, with a retainer set at $6,100.

During the coming year, the board normally will hold its agenda planning meetings, referred to as “committee of the whole” sessions, on the second Tuesday of the month and regular voting meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. In January, the meetings will be held on the third and fourth Tuesdays; there will be no meeting in July; and there will be just one meeting in November, on Nov. 13.

All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the senior high school's Center for Student Creativity.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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