Retired trooper fills Apollo-Ridge School Board seat
A retired state police trooper was chosen on Monday to fill a vacancy on the Apollo-Ridge School Board.
Paul E. King, 46, of Kiski was one of two applicants for the seat vacated by Lance Foster.
The other applicant was Aaron Broman, 25, of North Apollo. Neither had previous elected experience.
Foster had served 12 years on the board. He said his resignation was work-related.
King and Broman were interviewed by the board in public at a special meeting. Director Jim Ferguson was absent.
Board members scored King and Broman on their answers to a series of questions that included their thoughts on education, their role as a board member and what they would bring to the board.
Questions covered their ability to maintain confidentiality, having time to commit to the task, being a “team player” and handling criticism from the public.
King scored higher than Broman and was appointed to the board on a 7-0 vote. The appointment was effective immediately and runs through Dec. 31.
The seat is one of five that will be up for election this year. The other seats up for grabs are held by Ferguson, Dominick Duso, Dan Obriot, and Rick Fetterman.
Saying he wants to “get my feet wet,” King said he was not certain if he would seek election to the position. Broman said he intends to run for the board with or without the appointment.
King is a lifelong resident of the district and a 1984 graduate. He is now self-employed as a private investigator. He has a 16-year-old step-daughter who is a sophomore at Apollo-Ridge High School.
“My interest in becoming involved has much to do with the issues that face our society today,” King said in his letter of interest. “I have reached a point in my life where I feel that I have the time and experience to make a positive contribution to the district keeping the concerns of our fellow residents and students foremost in these efforts.”
Looking ahead, King said he'd like to see the district strive to be better, which he said could attract more people to live there.
Broman attended Apollo-Ridge through eighth grade and graduated from The Kiski School in 2006. He works as an operations manager for Student Transportation of America, the district's transportation provider.
Broman said his interest in being on the board was sparked by the open seat. He said he is circulating petitions to appear on the primary ballot.
Board President Greg Primm raised the issue that because Broman works for the district's transportation provider, he may have to abstain from some votes.
Broman said that would not prevent him from taking part in discussions and offering his ideas, even if he couldn't vote on those particular issues.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.