NESHANNOCK Vote for school board president shows rift

One member said the board president did nothing this year to bring the board together.
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- The Neshannock Area School Board will once again start the new year on divided ground.
Frank Rondinelli was re-elected board president Tuesday by a 5-4 vote, while board member Dr. John Dietz was denied the seat.
The board has been divided on several issues since the five newly elected board members took office one year ago.
Rondinelli, Richard Canciello, Joseph Gierlach, James Kearney and Tracy Stevenson make up the newest board members.
Dietz, Gina Hennon, Karen Houk and Walter Kustra represent the remaining members from the previous board. Hennon had nominated Dietz for president.
Still divided
Dietz stated that the board remains divided. He said over the past year the five new members and four old members have never come together and "Mr. Rondinelli has not done anything to bring the board closer together."
"I believe I have the respect of the administration and staff with no personal issues or hidden agendas," he continued.
"Certainly those were some of the insinuations and allegations, Dr. Dietz," commented Rondinelli.
Rondinelli reminded the board that Karen Houk, an "old" board member, was elected president last year by an 8-to-1 vote but resigned six months later.
Later in the meeting, Houk gave the reasons for her resignation.
"Although I clearly stated the reasons for my resignation six months ago, I will once again review them," she said.
Houk continued to say that the lack of board cooperation and some board members' questioning her ability as president contributed to her resignation.
"This board must stop this micromanagement of this school district," she said.
Football coach
In other matters, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hink announced that head varsity football coach Rob Nogay will continue to coach football at Neshannock.
Nogay announced his resignation at the end of last month, but he later agreed to rescind it.
If Nogay had resigned, this would have been the fifth football coach to leave the position at Neshannock since the 2000 football season.
The board agreed to change its monthly board meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

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