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Hempfield weighs candidates for school board vacancy

Jamie Martines
| Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, 8:18 p.m.
Hempfield Area High School
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Hempfield Area High School

The Hempfield Area school board publicly interviewed three candidates Monday as it moves forward with filling a vacant seat for an unexpired term starting Feb. 12.

Candidates were asked to explain why they are qualified for the position and how they view the strengths and weaknesses of the district.

Amie Dancu and Mark Frick chose to emphasize their professional backgrounds while David Iwig, who ran unsuccessfully for a school board seat in 2017, focused on his involvement in the district and interest in the curriculum.

Iwig has four children in the district and is a member of several parent committees dealing with curriculum, science education and elementary school operations.

"I look at this as a way to progress, to be able to touch more of the district," Iwig told the board Monday.

Dancu works in marketing and has three children in the district. She acknowledged that she has not been involved in the school board before and would work to pick up knowledge quickly.

"I'm no stranger to leadership and making difficult decisions," she said, offering an interest in crafting the district's budget and working as a liaison with parents.

Frick, a parent of three Hempfield graduates, has not previously been involved with the school board. He has worked in finance and human resources — experience he said would help him contribute to the board's personnel and finance committees.

"I think that would help me contribute to what you're trying to accomplish," Frick told the board.

The two-year term will expire December 2019.

Tommy Bishop, who joined the board in 2015, resigned Jan. 8 at a committee of the whole meeting. Bishop said he is moving out of the district for a job opportunity. https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/8369320-74/percent-adams-board

The board will vote to fill the unexpired term at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the district administration office.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-28767 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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