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HOMER-CENTER: Smith re-elected to lead board

by The Indiana Gazette on December 03, 2013 10:50 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP — Vicki Smith, of Homer City, was elected Monday to serve a 15th year as president of the Homer-Center School District board of directors.

At the board’s yearly reorganization session, directors re-elected Gerald Bertig as vice president for a seventh year.

Acting as the temporary president for session, Bertig administered the oath of office to his son, Michael Bertig, who was newly elected to the board on Nov. 5. The younger Bertig is a social studies teacher at Indiana Area Senior High School.

Board members Smith and Julie Rado also were sworn in for new four-year terms. Directors Daniel Fabin and James McLoughlin, who also were re-elected last month, were absent from the session and had arranged to take the oath today, said District Superintendent Charles Koren.

In other action, the board voted to continue holding regular business meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, or as advertised, and to conduct planning sessions at 7 p.m. on the Monday 10 days preceding the regular meetings.

McLoughlin was re-elected as the district’s liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

During a planning session following reorganization Monday, board members praised the success of the Homer-Center Wildcats football team, which reached the final eight teams in Class A in the state playoffs.

The directors agreed to hold the next meeting Dec. 12 in the high school library and invite the players and coaches to be recognized.

“We have watched the growth of the team from sophomores to seniors, and the growth of the coaches as well,” Koren said. “It will be worth moving the meeting to the library to give an additional layer of recognition to this team that has brought so much excitement to the area this year.”

Koren said the Indiana County board of commissioners plans to honor the team by a proclamation, and that a resolution to salute the team will be prepared for the school board to adopt next week.

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