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Ott to fill vacancy on Greencastle-Antrim School Board

October 13, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim school board selected Pamela Ott to fill the seat vacated by vice president David Delauter by an 8-0 vote at a meeting earlier this month.

Delauter was in his second term when he resigned on Sept. 21 for personal reasons. By accepting the appointment, Ott will serve the remainder of Delauter's term which is scheduled to end in 2007.

Ott believes the board chose her based on her experience. "I was on the board for 12 years," said Ott, who sat on the board from 1993 through 2005 when she decided to not run for another term.

"I enjoyed my time of the board, but the Act 72 business drained me," she said of her decision to not run for re-election in 2005.

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Having been away from the stress for nine months, Ott is ready to return to the board and its challenges.

"They basically replaced Act 72 with Act 1, it's the same bill," she said. "We need to get comfortable with Act 1 and learn how it works."

While on the board, Ott will also assist in the selection of a new superintendent to succeed P. Duff Rearick. For Ott, helping select the new superintendent was a major factor in accepting the appointment.

"I respect Duff and I want to be a part of the process to replace him," she said.

Despite being willing to return, Ott said she only plans to serve through 2007.

"I am probably not going to run again," she said. "It is time to let someone else take over."

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