By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Sharpsville School Board hired former volleyball coach Rosemary Ferguson by a 6-2 vote Tuesday night after directors had opened the position last week.
She replaces Scott Scurpa, who had re-applied for the job and was one of three applicants interviewed by the board's athletic committee.
"The coach's position was opened up and many people applied," Superintendent Mark Ferrara said at the school board's Feb. 11 work session. "Every applicant was considered."
Dr. Charles E. D'Auria, Hermitage, addressed the board at the work session as a "community representative" in support of keeping Scurpa. "I never heard him say a bad thing to any of the kids," said D'Auria, a parent of a graduate who played for Scurpa.
Ferrara and President Bill Henwood said that they received an e-mail from another parent and had other correspondence from parents in reference to Scurpa.
When asked if there was any kind of misconduct on the part of Scurpa, Ferrara said, "None of that is pertinent to what we discussed now. Nothing at all."
The board said Ferguson's salary will be based on experience. The board went into executive session at the beginning of the work session and the regular board meeting Tuesday for personnel reasons.
Henwood and directors Deneen Joseph, P.J. O'Connor, Gary "Gus" Grandy, Janice Raykie and David DeForest voted to hire Ferguson. Tom Lapikas and John Napotnik cast the no votes.