School board members Nov. 18:
• Hired Kaila Hawley as a long-term kindergarten substitute teacher and Roslyn Lumpp as a long-term fifth-grade teacher. The pay for the Hermitage women will be based on an annual salary of $45,625.
Commissioners on Nov. 26:
• Approved a subdivision consolidating two parcels in the 3000 block Spencer Road. There is a home on one parcel and the owners of both properties, John C. and Cathy A. Moroco, want to build a garage on the second. The city requires that accessory buildings to a main structure be on the same parcel.
• Approved a land development plan for Judson and Kathleen Paknis of Quantum Holistic Consultants to convert a home at 42 Wick Ave. to an office for their natural therapy business. The property, behind Wick Plaza, is mostly in a central commercial zoning district, but the southern portion is in a single-family residential zone. Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board in October approved three variances.
• Adopted an ordinance establishing stop intersections on Alexander Crossing at Pierce Bluffs Drive; Briarwood Road at Lakeview Drive and Northwoods Drive; Tanglewood Drive at Lakeview and Northwoods; and four intersections in the Quaker Meadows development between Valley View and North Hermitage roads.
• Accepted the resignation of Sally T. Jazwinski as member of the board of the Community Library of the Shenango Valley, and appointed Marci Radcliffe, 174 Lyle Drive, to replace her.
• Appointed Amy B. McKinney, 2002 Bonny Lane, as an alternate member of the Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board, serving if one of three regular members cannot attend a hearing. She is Lawrence County planning director.
School directors in a combined reorganization and work session Monday:
• Elected Melvin Bandzak as board president and Daniel Gill vice president.
• Read the certificates of election and administered the oath of office for these newly and re-elected board members: Pamela Corini, John Heutsche, Tony Molinari and Susan Torr.
• Reappointed Victor Heutsche, Sharon, as board solicitor at $125 per hour, and Andrews and Price, Pittsburgh, as special counsel at $130 per hour for 2014.
• Approved regular meetings for 2014 at 7 p.m. ing Bennett Educational Service Center: work session, second Monday of each month; business meetings, third Monday of each month, Tuesday if there’s a Monday holida; one meeting only in July; reorganization and work session, Dec. 1; and business meeting, Dec. 8.
• Announced that the high school made the College Board’s fourth annual honor roll for an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and in a higher percentage of students with a high score. The high school offers 11 AP courses.
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In what Commissioner Matt McConnell called the “everyday mundane business of running the county” two of the three county officials discussed everything from the 2-1-1 helpline to parking problems to building sheep pens to the idea of using social media to spread information to residents.
Mom sentenced to prison, rehab
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