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Apollo-Ridge board member resigns to pursue doctorate

| 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.

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