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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

The Carlynton school board approved two new directors Monday night after two resignations in the past month.

Monica Dugan and Marissa Mendoza-Burcham, both of Crafton, were appointed unanimously to fill the vacancies on the nine-member panel.

“We were extremely impressed with the candidates,” board President David Roussos said. “It was a great problem to have.”

First-term director Carl Hunt resigned effective July 31 due to a move outside of the district. Fourth-term director Betsy Tassaro submitted a letter of resignation Monday night effective immediately, citing family obligations.

Interviews were held Aug. 4 to fill Hunt's seat, and the board used the same pool of candidates to fill the second vacancy.

Director Ray Walkowiak was not present, but Roussos read a letter on his behalf resigning from the position of treasurer. The resignation was accepted.

Tassaro's resignation left an opening for board vice president. The board voted unanimously to appoint Walkowiak vice president and board member Joe Appel treasurer.

Walkowiak later joined the meeting via phone.

In other business, the board received an update on renovations from John Hayes of Thomas & Williamson, project manager for the district's renovations.

He said facade work on Carnegie Elementary is on schedule, and work inside and out should be mostly completed by the start of school Sept. 2.

At Crafton Elementary, administrative offices have been moved, and flooring, lighting and classroom work are expected to be completed on time as well.

“Right now, it's crunch time,” Hayes said. “But it looks like there will be no issues getting students in in time.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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