WILMINGTON AREA BOARD School mourns Houlette

The school board has 30 days to choose a replacement, or a judge will make the pick.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The mood was solemn at the Wilmington Area School Board's monthly meeting, as members mourned the loss of fellow board member Richard Houlette.
Houlette, who served on the school board for 18 years, died Friday from a cerebral hemorrhage. He served the district from 1973 through 1979 and again from 1993 through the present.
Superintendent Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick said during the meeting Monday, "He was a very devoted member, always working for the good of the students, supporting services and programs that would benefit them."
He also was the "Voice of the 'Hounds'," announcing Wilmington Greyhound high school football for the past 35 years.
When the school board reorganized in December, Houlette told the board he did not wish to run for another term as president. Nancy Bretz succeeded him as president of the board.
"He will be sadly missed by all. If anybody ever needed information Dick always knew the answer or where to find it." Bretz said.
Applications accepted
District Solicitor Charles Mansell told the board it has 30 days to replace Houlette, or the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas would choose the replacement.
Any resident of the district at least 18 years old can apply to fill the remainder of Houlette's four-year term in the unpaid post, which will expire in December, Mansell said. The vacancy will be advertised. Mansell has scheduled Feb. 7 for the board to interview all applicants. A special meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. in case the board decides to act, Mansell said.
The board agreed to buy a brick for the memorial wall at the school's new stadium in memory of Houlette.
In observance of National School Board Appreciation Month, teacher and union president Scott Brush presented the board with a $100 donation from the teachers association.

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