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Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Uniontown Area School Board hired six teachers Monday night, including state Rep. Tim Mahoney's daughter, Meg Mahoney.

The school board voted 6-2 to hire Mahoney with school board members Susan Clay and Dorothy Grahek opposing the move.

Voting to hire Mahoney as a social studies teacher assigned to the high school were board members Bill Gerke, Philip Holt, William Rittenhouse, Lloyd Williams, Tom George and the Rev. Vincent Winfrey. Board member Ken Meadows was absent from the meeting.

Clay and Grahek, who dressed in matching outfits because two school board members have been calling them “the twins,” also opposed the hiring of Marissa Gall as a half-day special education teacher and a half-day social studies teacher.

The school board voted 5-3 to hire Angela Maruca as a special education teacher assigned to Menallen School. Clay, Grahek and Lloyd Williams voted against the move.

After the meeting, Clay said the opposition was “no reflection on the applicants for the positions.”

“The decisions to hire applicants should always be based on the qualifications of the candidates and their loyalty to the school district,” Clay said. “Some of the candidates who were hired as teachers have never worked in the school district. We had qualified, long-term substitute teachers who were passed over for teaching positions.”

Other teachers who were hired included:

• Adrienne Day, as a special education teacher assigned to Uniontown Area High School.

• Jessica Show, as a special education teacher assigned to Wharton School.

Superintendent Charles Machesky congratulated the candidates who were hired, effective Aug. 22.

“I want to thank the administrators who spent 50 to 60 hours interviewing the candidates for the position,” Machesky said.

In other business, the board:

• Recommended approval of Lisa A. Crago as a student intern with Shelley Dean, speech teacher, for the 2013-2014 school term.

• Approved two additions to the professional substitute list at $80 per day, effective Aug. 22, contingent upon receipt of proper clearances and certificates. They include Courtney B. Gouker, elementary K-6 and special education K-12, and Amanda Hostetler, early children, pre-K-3.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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