The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 23, 2013

Voters choose 4 newcomers, unseating 2 board members

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Sharon residents likely will be seeing four new faces at school board meetings starting in December.

Democrats Matt Webber, John Heutsche, Susan Torr and Tony Molinari – all newcomers – were nominated Tuesday for the four open seats, ousting Melvin Bandzak and Pamela Corini, who were seeking re-election.

No Republicans were on the primary ballot, although write-ins have not been counted. Unofficial results give the four Democrats places on the November ballot.

Webber, 38, a graduate of Sharon High School and Pennsylvania State University, said the four newcomers complement each other.

“Tony has a lot of experience in teaching and has a lot to bring to the table, Sue has kids in the district, she’s an ICU nurse with a unique perspective,” Webber said. “John and I are the young guys – maybe we can bring some fresh ideas to the table.”

Webber has a background in labor relations.

“I’m ready to roll my sleeves up with the other board members and see us through these times.”

Heutsche, 27, another born and bred Sharon boy and Sharon High alum, believes his generation is the future.

“I’m a big believer in students being granted the best opportunity they can have in whatever they want to do,” Heutsche said regarding the school’s current economic woes.

Heutsche was a founding board member on the Sharon Economic and Community Development Commission, serving on its marketing committee.

Heutsche said as part of the school board, his goal would be the same as it was when he served as part of the development commission: “reaching out and getting people involved.”

Of the two incumbents who lost their seats, Bandzak and Corini, both Heutsche and Webber agreed that they served honorably.

“The voters obviously wanted something different, and they’re the ones who get to make those kinds of decisions,” Heutsche said.

“People sometimes are ready for a change,” Webber said.

Molinari, 71, may be known by many Sharonites as a football coach, but he also taught art for 38 years in Niles and Warren, Ohio.

“I’m not just one-dimensional,” Molinari said. “When the band director asked for instruments, I donated a clarinet and saxophone.”

Molinari said even though he is retired from teaching, he still likes to stay active and work with children. He is also very involved with the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

Young and old, the likely new guys on the board are in agreement that the kids and teachers should not suffer because of the hard economic times brought on by cuts in state funding.