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CLARKS SUMMIT- At the Dec. 5 Abington Heights School District Reorganization meeting, President Cathy Ann Hardaway and Vice President Warren Acker were approved to continue serving in their current positions through the 2012-13 school year.

Board member Louise Brzuchalski was unanimously voted by the board to serve as President Pro Temp for the reorganization.

Hardaway, who was sworn in by Lackawanna County Judge Carmen D. Minora, was approved by a vote of 6-0. Vice President Warren Acker and board member Jeanne Cadman were absent and Hardaway abstained. Acker was approved by a vote of 7-0 and will be sworn in at a later date.

I want to thank everyone for their confidence in Warren and myself, but I must say the confidence lies in us as nine (board members), Hardaway said. The collegial attitude we have and the relationships that we have with each other make it work. We will continue to work and serve together for the betterment of the Abington Heights School District.

Student representative TJ Murray reported that more than 1,200 cans were donated to the Dalton Food Pantry through the district's Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. Murray added that several clubs have raised money to buy presents for 25 children for the holidays.

Across the district, students and teachers are participating in charitable activities by raising money to help out people who need it, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Mahon said. Great things are happening at every corner of the district.

Student representative Rebecca Falk reported that the senior Spaghetti Supper raised around $2,000. It benefits two custodians in the district Bob Keiper, who suffered a stroke, and Dennis Owens, who is suffering from cancer.

According to Mahon, the district's forensic team took home national honors in Numerous and Dramatic Interpretation at an Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament in New York City.

Mahon added that the district is in the midst of their selection evaluation process for vendors for advisors for medical benefits.

We're evaluating proposals and will compile information to give to the board for their consideration. he said. My hope is that by the end of February, you will be able to come to a decision.

The district is seeking members of the Abington Heights graduating classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012 to serve on an alumni panel Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Abington Heights High School library. Panel members will speak about their experiences after graduation. Anyone interested should contact Colleen Parsells to register or get more information.

The board voted, 7-0, to accept Laurie Burdette as Jazz Rock Activity Director at a rate of $746, pending receipt of necessary documentation.

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