The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 24, 2013

Board-seat shuffle keeps Bandzak on school board longer

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — The faces of Sharon’s school board have changed again, though for one board member it was just a change of elected seats.

The board accepted the resignations of both Christopher Gavin and Melvin Bandzak in unanimous votes last week.

Gavin resigned for health reasons. Bandzak – who was in the final months of a four-year term – resigned so that the board could turn around moments later and appoint him to fill the remaining two years of Gavin’s term.

Bandzak now will serve through November 2015.

The board appointed Tony Molinari to fill Bandzak’s vacant seat, which expires on Dec. 1

According to the voting laws in Pennsylvania, if a seat on the school board opens within 60 days of election, the board can appoint a qualified person to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.

Richard Mancino made the motion to appoint Bandzak to the board, even though Bandzak failed to win a spot on the ballot in the general election this November.

“Mel Bandzak is the best board member around,” Mancino told The Herald. “It wasn’t politics; it is beneficial for Sharon to have him on the board.”

Mancino stood behind both of his motions, to nominate Bandzak and Molinari for the open spots.

“No one expected this, but it happened. Chris was very involved,” he said.

“Mel went to Sharon, lived in and graduated from Sharon, and his kids went to Sharon. We’re lucky to have him,” Mancino said.

Come election time in November, Sharon voters will see five open seats on the ballot for the nine-member board.

With Lora Adams-King’s resignation from the board in July, the Democratic party nominated Pamela Corini, an incumbent, to fill the two-year seat. Corini, like Bandzak, lost a re-election bid in the spring primary.

Instead, voters nominated newcomers Molinari, Susan Torr, Matt Webber and John Heutsche for the four-year seats that will be on the ballot in Noivember.

Mancino said the board appointed Torr and Molinari to fill in the open seats through November because they won the most votes in the primary election.