Apollo-Ridge board member resigns to pursue doctorate
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012
An "opportunity of a lifetime" has resulted in a recently elected Apollo-Ridge School Board member resigning from the board for a second time.
The board on Monday accepted Kathleen Taylor's resignation, effective immediately. She did not attend the meeting.
Taylor most recently was elected to the board in November.
She previously had served 4 1/2 years on the board but resigned in 2008, citing involvement in activities and working full-time.
Contacted at her Kiski Township home, Taylor said her latest resignation is related to her pursuit of a doctorate degree in theology, which she said she has been working on for more than a year.
She said previously that she believed she would be able to continue her education while a member of the board.
But Taylor said she was presented with an opportunity to "study with great religious leaders" in a forum available to her only on Monday evenings. The school board meets regularly on Mondays.
"I had a choice here," she said. "I am going to be studying with some leaders that you would not usually be able to study with. I decided I should take the opportunity. It's one of those things you have to do."
The board has 30 days to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, board President Greg Primm said.
Letters of interest will be accepted until March 15. Candidates will be interviewed in public at the board's committee meeting on March 19 and an appointment will be made at the board's legislative meeting March 26.
The appointed member would serve until the next general municipal election in 2013.
In other business
?A committee of school board members will be reviewing four proposals from companies for the district's transportation contract.
The district's five-year agreement with Stewart Bus Line is over at the end of this school year.
The district received proposals from Stewart, Smith Bus Co., W.L. Roenigk and Student Transportation of America.
Board members Forrest Schultz, Dan Obriot and Susan Wenckowski volunteered to review the proposals and make a recommendation to the board.
The board will award the contract in March, Primm said.
• Superintendent Margaret DiNinno will host a focus session from 6 to 7 p.m. March 26 in the school board meeting room at the high school. The meeting will highlight recent board actions and issues within the district.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.