Shea replaces Shea on Waynesboro School Board

May 17, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday voted to replace a departing board member with her father.

The six board members at the meeting voted unanimously to appoint Michael Shea to complete the remainder of the term of his daughter, Megan Shea, who had represented Washington (Pa.) Township since 2003.

"He's done budgeting and has an interest in schools. He's lived here about 20 years," School Board President Larry Glenn said.

Michael Shea, a behavioral health administrator, holds an educational doctorate from the University of Sarasota, a master's degree from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree from Clarion University, Glenn said.


He and three other applicants were interviewed by Glenn and school board members K. Marilyn Smith and Stanley Barkdoll. The interviews were public, but not advertised, Glenn said.

"It was the unanimous choice of all three of us," Barkdoll said.

At the conclusion of the term, in about a year and a half, Michael Shea would have to run for election, Glenn said.

Glenn said he would notify Michael Shea, who lives on Laurel Lane, of his appointment Tuesday night. His daughter, 22, was the youngest school board member in the state when she joined.

The board has given preliminary approval to a $43.476 million budget for next year that includes a 4.887-mill tax increase for property owners. The school board will approve the final budget next month.

District officials recently attributed the budgetary increases to rising costs in fuel, energy, special education services, retirement payments and cyber charter schools.

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