Brennan to head AASD board

It was Dutch Brennan versus Sharon Bream for Altoona Area School Board president. Coincidentally, it was Brennan, a board member for the district’s planned $88 million high school building project, versus Bream, a board member against it.

In a 5-4 vote Monday, Brennan won.

Wayne Hippo nominated Brennan for president during the board’s reorganization meeting. Ron Johnston nominated Bream.

There was no discussion on the school building issue during the meeting, but the four who voted for Bream have all in the past publicly aired their opposition to the building project.

Johnston as well as newcomers to the board Ed Kreuz and Dave Francis voted for Bream as well as Bream herself.

And four of the five members who voted for Brennan — Hippo, Bill Ceglar, Rick Hoover and Brennan himself — have spoken favorably of the project.

Newcomer to the board Kelly Irwin-Adams also voted Brennan for president. However, throughout her school board campaign she has not said whether she would vote one way or the other on the project but said she wants to examine options.

Irwin-Adams said her vote to appoint Brennan president “absolutely does not” mean she is for the building project.

Other board members, namely Bream and Ceglar, dismissed any notion that the 5-4 split had implications for the way the building project would go.

The board is on track to make decisions that could move the project forward or put it on hold in the coming months.

“I have no way of knowing how people are voting,” Bream said.

Ceglar said it was “too early to tell.”

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.