Shaw to fill vacant school board seat

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education will be back to a full board later this month as the vacant seat was decided during Monday’s meeting.

While not unanimous, the board appointed Larry Shaw to fill the vacant seat left behind by former longtime member John Manypenny, who resigned last month after 15 years on the school board. Shaw’s appointment was approved with a 3-1 vote, with board president Toni Hinerman voting no.

According to Superintendent Tim Woodward, Shaw is a former teacher and head wrestling coach within the Hancock County schools and had recently retired.

Shaw will fill the remaining seven months left on Manypenny’s term, to which the seat will be up for grabs in the May 2018 primary.

Shaw–who was not in attendance for Monday’s regular meeting–was one of six candidates who had applied for the vacant board seat, to which all resumes were to have been submitted by Oct. 23, and the board would have had 45 days from Manypenny’s resignation to make that selection. Interviews were conducted afterwards, including during a special meeting held prior to Monday’s regular session.

Manypenny, a Chester resident and retiree of Weirton Steel, resigned on Oct. 2, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. He was first elected to the school board in 2002 and served as a representative of the Grant District–which includes Chester, Newell, Lawrenceville, Fairhaven, New Manchester, and as far south as the northeast portion of New Cumberland–to which Shaw will also be representing.

Manypenny went on to win three more terms on the board, the most recent having taken place in 2014.

Shaw will officially be sworn in at the next school board meeting, which will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, to which he will then begin his term. According to Hinerman, Manypenny will also receive a special recognition for his 15 years on the board during that meeting.

Meanwhile, in other personnel matters, the board approved four coaching assignments at Oak Glen High School and two at Weir High School.

Among those approved at Oak Glen are Tyler Brown, Zach Brown and Brandon Miller as wrestling assistant coaches and Sam Paletta as a girls basketball assistant coach. At Weir High, Raymond Case will be a girls basketball assistant, while Mike DelRe will be a boys basketball assistant coach.

With the exception of Tyler Brown, all assistant coaching positions that were approved are on a non-paid volunteer basis, and DelRe’s position will go into effect after Nov. 30. Zach Brown, Miller, Paletta and Case have all met state guidelines for non-certified personnel employed in coaching activities.

Meanwhile, eight instructors were approved to serve in the adult evening program at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center.

Those instructors will be Jeff Hardy for Automotive Technology, James Chappell for Pipe Welding, Elissa Greathouse for Fall Crafts, Audrey Shaw for Photography, Joan Murray, Wendy DeAngelis and Kathryn Dray all for Certified Nursing Assistant, and William Marino as TASC Testing Examiner.

Also in assignments, the board approved Kathryn Haynes to serve as a cook at Weirton Elementary, to which she will work 3.5 hours daily for a total of 200 days effective Nov. 15.

In addition, two resignations were approved for that of Weir High cook Marsha Tournay and maintenance department secretary Rachael Evans. Tournay’s resignation, which was retroactive Aug. 30, was for medical reasons, while Evans went into retirement as of Oct. 31.