McFadden re-elected OC school board president

 The people sitting in the top two spots on the Oil City School Board will remain the same heading into next year.

Joe McFadden was re-elected as president Monday during the panel’s annual reorganization meeting, which is the last time the board will gather until the calendar switches over to 2017.

McFadden is currently is in the midst of his second four-year term.

The board also unanimously voted to keep its most tenured member – Karen Woods – in the vice president position.

Woods, a 1975 Oil City High School graduate, was first appointed to the board in 2003 when she was chosen to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Donald O. Long.

With Hasson Heights Elementary principal Tracy Delmonaco set to take a leave of absence from Jan. 1 to June 30 for restoration of health, the board voted to hire Doug Mays as a long-term substitute principal from Jan. 3 to June 7 at a rate of $300 per day.

The hiring passed by a 5-4 vote, with board members Fred Weaver, Jim Disque, Nick Skokowski and Joe Womer Jr. casting votes against it.

Board members Shari Neely, Angella Scalise, Woods, Mark Kerr and McFadden voted in favor of the hire.

In other business Monday:

– Joe Womer Jr. was selected as the representative to the Venango Technology Center’s board of directors. The term expires on Dec. 31, 2019.

– Susan Fisher, the school district’s business manager, was selected as a delegate to the Venango County Tax Collection Committee. Superintendent Pat Gavin will serve as the first alternate.

– The board accepted the resignation of high school social studies teacher Robert Tomaszewski, who had taught in the district for more than 23 years.

– The board voted to permanently expel a student, subject to future reconsideration, from regular school attendance and/or any school-related activity for violating the standards of acceptable behavior and conduct for students in the district.