New Peters school board members sworn in; McMurray elected president

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Three new members were sworn in as Peters school board members at a reorganization and board meeting Tuesday.

New members Lisa Anderson, Rebecca Bowman and the Rev. Jamison Hardy were sworn into office by District Judge James Ellis.

Member Thomas McMurray was unanimously elected president of the board; he has served five previous times as president. Sandra Gregg was unanimously elected vice president after board member Ronald Dunleavy declined to be nominated to the position by member William Merrell.

In the business meeting that followed, Rev. Hardy, a pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Peters, asked the board if agendas could be made more transparent with additional information for the public. Members agreed they should be more open with public materials, which rarely give full information about most subjects being voted on by the board.

Superintendent Jeannine French agreed to revamp the agendas with additional information in the future.

The board also unanimously promoted district network technician Patrick Degnan to a new position, network administrator. Mr. Degnan, who had been paid $47,000 annually, will now earn $60,000 a year.

The new position was needed due to a new districtwide phone system and additional responsibilities that Mr. Degnan will have.

The board created two new tutoring positions for math remediation for high school students who fail the math portion of the Keystone Exams.

Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.


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