ST. MARYS — A seat on the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors remained open after members reorganized at a regular meeting Tuesday night. Margaret Brown, of St. Marys, ultimately chose to resign from the position she only recently won.

Brown ran both for the school board and for city council, winning seats on both, but was prohibited by the St. Marys home rule charter from holding an office outside of city hall. She notified the board via letter of her decision to serve on council Monday. The board will now solicit a new member to be appointed at a special meeting on Jan. 2.

Early in the meeting, the reorganized board voted on a new president to replace outgoing member Clythera Hornung. Members Eric Wonderling and current Vice President Stacy McKee were both nominated, with Wonderling winning in a 5-3 ballot vote. He now holds chairmanship of the board.

McKee was then re-elected vice president in a unanimous, roll-call vote.

“Congratulations, Madame Vice President,” Superintendent G. Brian Toth said.

Re-elected to the board is Robert Sorg, who won one of two, four-year seats in the district’s first region with 228 votes. His victory, along with Brown’s, who ran in the same region, effectively ousted Hornung.

James Condon was re-elected to the board as well, winning the only open four-year seat in the district’s second region with 265 votes. In the district’s third region, Bryan Chiapelli won the only open four-year seat with 377 votes.

New to the board is Timothy Frey, who won the only two-year seat open in the district’s second region with 16 votes. All were sworn in accordingly.

For the board’s new president, Toth joked that he had something “special.”

“The (Pennsylvania School Boards Association) has sent us this, ‘The Essentials of Parliamentary Procedure,” he said, holding up a booklet.

Toth also brought with him something he said that Sorg had often inquired about and from which the newly elected Frey would benefit.

“It’s a list of acronyms,” he said.

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