Charleroi Area school board members filled the vacant seat on their board Tuesday night by appointing Jim Short to a two-year term as school director.
Short, a resident of Fallowfield Township, topped a field of 10 candidates who interviewed for the position. Eleven initially submitted letters of application for the post, but one candidate dropped out before the board interviewed the candidates last week.
The vacancy occurred when Elaine Pappasergi was elected to both a two-year and a four-year term in elections last month. Pappasergi accepted the four-year term, leaving the two-year seat up for grabs.
Short has two children attending Charleroi schools. Short applied for the seat because he believes the school board "makes a direct impact on many in the community."
"I feel that I can make a difference. I've been very blessed and I want to give back," Short said.
Short is a registered engineer working for Beck Tile Bettis Company. Short holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Ind. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Short stated that he has no political agenda or any specific issues that he wishes to address.
"I just want to try to help. I want to cooperate with the board and hopefully move education forward in the future," Short said.
The board also accepted the resignation of Elementary Center music education teacher Nancy Lonich, effective Jan 30.
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