Pine-Richland School Board preparing to announce Region 3 vacancy - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland School Board preparing to announce Region 3 vacancy

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 12:01 AM


The Pine-Richland School District will officially declare a vacancy on its board of directors for a two-year seat in Region 3 on Dec. 2.

Dr. Matthew Mehalik won the two-year seat in question in the most recent election, but also won a four-year seat. He officially stated his interest in taking the four-year seat at the November board meeting. The vacancy will not become official until the Dec. 2 board reorganization meeting at which time more details on the position will be released. Interested applicants can check pinerichland.org at that time for information on submitting their resumes.

In other news:

  • Students Andrew Ni, Amish Sethi and Sam Stella will make up the Pine-Richland team that will compete among the top 64 teams for the 19th annual International Public Policy forum. The contest, sponsored by The Brewer Foundation and New York University, gives high school students around the world the chance to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy, and the qualifying round this year included submissions from more than 150 teams from 19 countries and 28 U.S. States. The PRHS team, under the direction of teacher Jeff Byko, will be competing against a team from Shanghai, China.
  • The PRHS Forensics Team earned first place in speech, second place in debate and second place overall at a tournament held at Penn State-Behrend on Nov. 2. Juniors Michael Allessi and Catherine Lee earned first and sixth place in prose, respectively, while Andrew Ni earned second in original oratory. Sophomore Grace Merlack earned fourth and Katie Hassett fifth in the same category. Sophomore Miles Brown earned fourth in extemporaneous speaking, sophomore John Varghese was fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Amish Sethi and Sam Stella were fourth in public forum debate.
  • Ethan Chan, Gref Gilmour, Elly Jang, and Catherine Lee placed third as a team in the 11th-12th-grade competition at the CalcuSolve Math Competition at Duquesne University on Oct. 18. Students had the opportunity to compete as a team or individually through a program sponsored through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
  • Joseph Paluselli, a student in the carpentry/building construction program, was named A.W. Beattie Career Center’s student of the month from September to October.
  • Directors Peter Lyons and Virginia Goebel were added to the Pennsylvania School Board Association Honor Roll of School Board Service for serving eight years. The district also recognized Virginia Goebel’s eight years of service at the most recent meeting.