Monday evening the Neshaminy School Board reorganization meeting was brief but productive. The nine-member board welcomed one returning and four newly elected members and voted for a president and vice president.
District Judge Daniel Baranoski swore in each of the five members: John Allen for Region 2, Cydnie Bowman for Region 1, Irene Boyle for Region 3, and David Marrington for Region 2 all for a four-year term and Adam Kovitz for Region 2 for a two-year term.
When the board members took their seats an immediate, tight election followed for new leadership. Steve Pirritano and Bob Feather withdrew their names for the president. The 5 to 4 vote ultimately put Marty Sullivan in the position over Tina Hollenbach.
The Vice President choice took two roll call votes after Irene Boyle dropped out. By another 5 to 4 vote Feather assumed the post over Pirritano.
The board also voted to keep Thomas Profy of Begley, Carlin and Mandio, LLP as the Solicitor with a $160 an hour salary.
“Honestly, I wasn’t trying to run for that, I was nominated,” Feather said on his reason for backing out of the president role. “As Vice President, I can be a supporting person, I can help the President, and I think we can work with all the incoming and existing board members to improve our communication within the board.”
Feather mentioned the “nightmare” budget that is to come, but the needed focus to improve programs and update policies within the district.
Pirratano referred to the upcoming budget cycle as “difficult” and a “balancing act.”
Sullivan, an accountant by trade, is looking forward to working towards, “getting the budget in line.”
“We want to make Neshaminy a district people want to move into and raise their children,” Sullivan said.
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