Photos by Brian Hagberg.

New School Board Members Seated, Officers Elected

December 4, 2023

RUSSELL, Pa. – The five new school board members officially took their seats, and the board president and vice president were elected during the Warren County School District’s Board of Directors meeting on Monday night.

Savannah Cochran, Tammi Holden, Kevin Lindvay, Stephanie Snell, Dan Sullivan, and John Wortman officially took their seats on the board after winning election, re-election in Lindvay’s case, in November. They joined holdover members Cody Brown, Paul Mangione, and Mary Passinger.

Mangione and Brown were elected board president and vice president, respectively.

“I want to welcome all of our new board members,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said. “Everybody has done a great job. It’s been a it’s a big month to get all the meetings and get up to speed to where you need to be to be at the board table. So we appreciate all the time that you’ve put into being here tonight and want to welcome everyone.”

Stewart said she had received requests from incoming board members to meet with the district’s administrative teams and tour district buildings. Administrator meetings will be facilitated an hour before the start of upcoming committee meetings, and building tours will be arranged at convenient times in the coming months.

“I can have the principals here earlier at five o’clock and I’m planning to ask them some standard questions,” Stewart said. “You know, what are the biggest pressure points in the building? And you can obviously ask some questions that’ll help you get to know them a little bit better.”

Wortman asked that additional data be brought to the Dec. 18 committee meeting regarding the shortage of certified teachers in the district.

“I feel that this board perhaps the most significant challenge we will face is to address the teacher certification shortage within the Warren County School District,” Wortman said. So I would ask that at our next committee meeting if we could be provided with more detailed information about the certification percentage within each of the district’s schools and our Virtual Academy. And if we could also have a more detailed breakdown of our Virtual Academy student population.”

OTHER BUSINESS

As part of the consent agenda, the board:

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