Shaler Area School Board names new president, vice president
The Shaler Area School Board named a new president and vice president at its Dec. 5 reorganization meeting.
James Tunstall Jr. is replacing April Kwiatkowski as president and Tim Gapsky is taking over for Eileen Phillips as vice president. The terms for both positions will last until the first week of December 2019.
Gapsky nominated Tunstall as president, with the board unanimously supporting the decision. For vice president, board member Jeanne Petrovich nominated James Fisher, while member Steve Romac nominated Gapsky.
Tunstall joined the board in December 2015. After serving for a year, he accepted the vice president role, which he held until 2017.
“School safety along with fiscal responsibility are some of my top priorities,” he wrote in an email. “I would also like to work on developing a better working relationship between the school district and boroughs and townships within our district.”
He resides in Shaler with his wife, Gretchen, and their children, Cole, Carter and Kalyn, who attend school within the district.
Gapsky joined the board in 2013. He has served as transportation committee chairman and as an athletic committee and special/capital projects committee member.
“I am humbled and delighted to take the chair of vice president of the Shaler Area school directors,” the Shaler resident said. “I want to thank the board for having confidence in me to do the best job, and I look forward to working with Mr. Tunstall so we can work together with Mr. (Sean) Aiken (district superintendent) and Dr. (Bryan) O’Black (assistant superintendent) to keep going in the right direction as a district.
“I thank Dr. Kwiatkowski and Mrs. Phillips for all that they accomplished over their tenure and hope to reach the highest goals that the board through their leadership have conducted. I’ve been a Titan my whole life and will remain a Titan for the rest of my life.”
Aiken echoed Gapsky’s sentiments as he closed the general board meeting.
“I just want to thank Dr. Kwiatkowski for her leadership over the past three years as the board president. She has had a tremendous vision and a very strong commitment to academic excellence and excellence across the board to the entire district so I’d just like to thank her and also to Ms. Phillips as well for their cooperative leadership and their willingness to collaborate with the administration and the other school board members to create the best district that we can possibly create together.”
Fisher will continue as the board’s liaison to the A.W. Beattie Career Center, with Tunstall replacing Romac as the alternate.
The board’s future meetings will change from 7 to 7:15 p.m.
The public is invited to attend a 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 combined committee of the whole and voting board meeting, as well as a finance committee meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 23. The latter will focus on various financial topics, including activity accounts and preparation for the 2019-20 school budget.
For the meeting calendar, visit: www.sasd.k12.pa.us/SchoolBoard.aspx.
Erica Cebzanov is a Tribune-Review contributor.