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Shea, Rock join Waynesboro board

December 03, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Two new members - Megan Shea, at 19 one of the youngest school board members in the state, and Todd Rock, 40, who assumed the seat occupied for years by his father, were sworn in Tuesday during the Waynesboro School Board's annual reorganizational meeting.

Lawrence Glenn, who has served as board president for three years, was re-elected to that post by the members Tuesday.

Glenn, K. Marilyn Smith and Anna Bostwick-Foley, all of whom won re-election this year, were sworn in for new four-year terms along with Shea and Rock.

Rock, who lives in Mont Alto, Pa., is a teacher in the Carlisle (Pa.) Area School District.

He said one of the major issues the board will face is the federal No Child Left Behind Act. "It's a big issue that we'll have to deal with," he said. "It will keep us busy."

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He said one of his first duties will be to get up to speed to where the board is on the subject, he said.

Like his father, Nelson Rock, before him on the board, Todd Rock said he considers himself to be a fiscal conservative. "The taxpayers pay the bills. One thing about working in education is that you get to know where the money is going and where it's being effective."

He represents the Mont Alto and Quincy, Pa., areas on the school board.

Shea, of Waynesboro, made her first try at real politics "other than high school" in this year's school board election. She was unopposed.

Shea, a 2002 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, was the student representative on the school board during her junior and senior years.

She represents Washington Township on the board.

She works part time as a cashier at Martin's Food Market in Wayne Heights Mall and is in her second year at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. Her major is political science with a minor in secondary education, she said.

Eric Yeckley, president of the 270-member Waynesboro Area Education Association, congratulated the newly sworn members and pledged to work with them on school issues.

Schools Superintendent Barry Dallara told the board that the district will receive four modular classrooms for the high school campus. The four will join three other modular units already in use at the school, he said.

The board will decide later how they will be set up for next year.

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