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Ligonier Valley board reorganizes, welcomes 2 new members

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Ligonier Valley School Board welcomed two newcomers and three returning members at its reorganization meeting Dec. 3.

Newly elected David Wilcox and JoAnn Thistlethwaite took the oath of office, as well as Carolyn R. Shafer, John E. Maier and Kim Dickert-Wallace.

Bruce Robinson and Maier were again elected president and vice president of the board, respectively.

John McDowell, Irvin Tantlinger, Maier, Shafer and Irma Hutchinson were again chosen for the buildings and grounds, finance, educational programs, personnel and athletic committees, respectively.

Thistlethwaite will chair the supplemental contracts and policy and legal committees, which the board agreed to combine into one committee.

Dickert-Wallace was selected for the newly created public relations committee. Approval was also given to Dickert-Wallace to serve on the board of directors of the Ligonier Valley School District Foundation.

Tantlinger, Shafer and Hutchinson will again serve on the joint operating committee of the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center for a one-year term.

Shafer will serve as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association liaison.

Board meetings will be held the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. with a work session at 6 p.m.

During its regular meeting, the board approved accepting a grant in the amount of $12,000 from the Ligonier Valley Endowment to purchase “Leveled Literacy Resources” for the Ligonier Middle School. Superintendent Dr. Chris Oldham said the resources include series of short books to teach students at various reading levels. The next meeting is Jan. 13, 2014.