SCSD board stays course

Gahagan, Acker-Knisley to continue in posts

ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board unanimously re-elected Brian Gahagan as president Tuesday.

Gahagan, who has served as school board president since 2014, was the only nominee for the position.

The board also unanimously appointed Amy Acker-Knisely to continue in her current role as vice president.

“It is an honor to be re-elected,” Gahagan said. “I have enjoyed interacting with our community and students and feel our district is doing extremely well and continuing to improve and evolve. I am excited at how far we have come and excited for our future.”

As part of the board’s annual reorganization, Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger administered the oath of office to members elected in November.

Those individuals — who will serve four-year terms — include Gahagan, James Butler, Floyd Deterline, Jason Rhykerd and Troy Wright.

In other business, the board confirmed committee appointments and chairs.

Acker-Knisely will act as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association liaison for a one-year term, while board member Linda Smith will act as a liaison to the Spring Cove Education Association.

Without debate or disagreement, the board voted to not increase the district’s taxes above the Act 1 index for the 2020-21 school year.

Board members gave special recognition to three Central High School students who attended the National Future Farmers of America Convention & Expo in October.

Kathryn Longenecker, a sophomore, placed first in the nation with Jersey heifers in the dairy showmanship category.

Sisters Dana and Darcy Heltzel were also recognized for their FFA achievements.

Dana, a junior, was selected to play the flute in the national FFA band, while Darcy was selected to play the French horn.

They were accompanied on the trip by CHS agricultural teacher Tom Ritchey.

“We are very proud of how you are representing the Cove in agriculture because that’s what the Cove is about,” said Smith, a local farmer and board member. “No matter what you do after school, keep agriculture in your hearts; you will be just fine.”

The next regular meeting will be held at the Administration Building in Roaring Spring on Jan. 21.


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