Two Seneca Valley school board members resign

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Two members resigned from the Seneca Valley school board tonight.

Kelly Kopera, who represents Evans City and Seven Fields boroughs in Region 7, and Eric Gordon, who represents Region 5 which includes Cranberry Township East III and West V, submitted resignation letters at the start of the meeting.

Mr. Gordon said he has moved to a new home in Cranberry, but it is no longer in his district. His new home is in the section of Cranberry currently represented by Jeanette Lahm.

He did not seek re-election this term and he was set to leave the board in December. His seat is expected to be filled by Tim Hester, who is running unopposed for the Region 5 in Tuesday's election.

Ms. Kopera said she resigned due to ongoing medical issues.

“Somebody should be here who can fight for the kids,” she said. “This district is near and dear to my heart and I sincerely apologize for having fallen short in this role.”

Robert Hill, school board president, thanked both of them for their service.

He said that the board will take no action on Mr. Gordon’s seat because of the upcoming election, but the board will be looking for a replacement to take over the remaining two years of Ms. Kopera’s term.

Mr. Hill said letters of interest for the seat will be accepted through Nov. 17. All letters should be sent to the district administrative offices, he said. The next school board meeting is Nov. 18.

Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:

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