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Uniontown Area board accepts business manager's resignation

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Brent Filak resigned from his position as business manager in the Uniontown Area School District to return to his previous career as a CPA (certified public accountant).

The school board voted Monday night to accept Filak's resignation with regret.

“You're the best business manager the school district has had for the four years I've been on the school board,” board member Bill Gerke told Filak.

“You're an excellent person, and you have a wonderful job,” added school board president Thomas George.

Filak said he had already made his decision.

“I enjoyed my time here,” said Filak, who has served as business manager for the past 14 to 15 months. “But I want to go back to my previous life as a CPA.”

After accepting Filak's resignation, the board voted to promote assistant business manager Jill Regan to business manager. Regan will be paid $77,500 a year — the same starting salary that Filak and the previous business manager received.

A motion to hire constable Philip Michael, a member of Uniontown City Council, as the district's assistant police chief, failed.

Several school board members said they wanted Michael to fill in for school district police chief Donald Homer, who is currently on medical leave.

When board member Philip Holt made the motion to hire Michael, board members objected because a salary was not attached to the hiring.

“How can we hire someone when we don't even know how much money we would pay him?” asked school board member Dorothy Grahek. “We need to post the position to see if anyone who is currently working in the school district wants to apply. We need to be fair about this.”

Grahek suggested that school board members discuss the position at an upcoming committee meeting.

School board members Holt, George and Ken Meadows voted to hire Michael. Grahek and board member Susan Clay voted against the hiring. Board members Gerke, the Rev. Vincent Winfrey and William Rittenhouse passed on the motion.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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