SHARPSVILLE — Newcomer Nicholas D. Hanahan, a Sharpsville Area High School student, topped the Democratic and Republican nominations for Sharpsville Area School Board Tuesday, followed by four incumbents and a second newcomer.
The five Democratic nominees were Hanahan with 589 votes, Board President Deanna Thomas with 407 votes, Board Vice President William J. Henwood with 383 votes, incumbent Darla J. Grandy with 368 votes and Joseph Michael Toth with 321 votes.
The five Republican nominees were Hanahan with 415 votes, incumbent Jerry Trontel with 229 votes, Thomas with 222 votes, Toth with 221 votes and Grandy with 220 votes, according to incomplete data from the Mercer County Board of Elections.
The candidates will face off in November for five four-year terms on Sharpsville Area School Board, which serves both Sharpsville and South Pymatuning.
Hanahan congratulated the other successful candidates, and thanked his parents and a “whole lot of other people” for helping throughout the campaign, Hanahan said he particularly wanted to thank current board members Thomas and Trontel for guiding him on the campaign.
“I’m really excited that the communities of Sharpsville and South Pymatuning trusted me and elected me on both ballots,” Hanahan said. “I’m excited to see where this journey takes me and being able to help the school district.”
Set to graduate this summer from Sharpsville Area High School, Hanahan participates in several student organizations and serves as the student representative to the board of education, so he’s already been attending all the school board’s meetings and workshops for the last few years.
“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, and that’s talking with people about ideas to improve the school district and going to all the school board meetings,” Hanahan said.
Coming up on eight years with the board of education this December, Thomas thanked her son James, a ninth-grader at Sharpsville Area High School, for his support during the campaign and said she was “awfully proud” of Hanahan for the election.
“He was very determined, he hustled, and he came to every one of our board meetings,” Thomas said.
Moving forward, Thomas said the board of education would be “hammering out” the school district’s budget for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the one-to-one technology initiative to provide a Chromebook for students in grades seven through nine.
“This is a big opportunity for kids that may not have access to the Internet outside of school, and we’ll continue making sure the teachers and staff have everything they need to do their jobs everyday,” Thomas said.
With 12 years on the board of education, Henwood said he thanked the voters who supported him and looked forward to four more years of being able to continue improving education for students at Sharpsville Area School District.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Henwood said. “The kids, and making sure that they have what they need to succeed in life.”
Henwood proud of several district accomplishments, including raising the school district’s math scores and overseeing the one-to-one technology initiative, with some capital renovations planned for the school district as well.
“We have the budget to pass, some renovations to kick off, and the technology initiative, so we’ve got three huge deals that need to be addressed over the next few months, so come fall we’ll be ready to hit the ground running,” Henwood said.
Trontel, who has been on the board for more than five years, thanked his family and supporters in the community, and also congratulated Hanahan on his success in the election. Trontel said he looked forward to continue working on the upcoming renovation project and “straightening out” the school district’s finances, having served as the chair for the board of education’s finance committee for the last year and a half.
“We won’t receive the final numbers until the end of this year, but hopefully we’ve been able to bring some better spending habits and watch the budget a little tighter,” Trontel said.
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