Miller elected as Keystone school board president; teacher honored
MILL HALL — In its final meeting of 2018, the Keystone Central School Board re-organized Thursday night and chose a new president.
Boise “Bo” Miller won a unanimous vote to the lead board as it searches for a new superintendent and deals with yet more financial challenges.
Outgoing President Charlie Rosamilia was nominated for another term as president, but he declined.
“At this time, I would respectfully decline the nomination,” Rosamilia said. “I think it’s time for new leadership to step forward for the board. I think it’s good that I’m going to be on the board for another year to help with the direction it’s going, but I don’t want to continue in the position of president.”
Rosamilia also said 2019 will be his final year on the board.
“My term expires at the end of next year and I will not run for re-election,” Rosamilia declared. “I hope we have an opportunity to get a good replacement for the school year. I just wanted to make that clear. I’ve always been opposed to long terms. My term now will be 10 years and that’s enough. It’s time for new blood, new direction and new ideas.”
As for Miller, who works as director of technology at Lock Haven University, he said he was thrilled to be selected as board new president.
“First, I’d like outgoing president Rosamilia and outgoing Vice President Deborah Smith for their service in leading the board. I think that we’ve got the district pointing in the right direction and it will be a fun year,” Miller said.
Roger Elling was elected as vice president, replacing Smith.
The new leadership is tackling the search for a new leader, while also coordinating a second citizens task force to look at ways to trim costs ahead of a projected budget deficit for 2018-2019.
Last spring, the board furloughed more than a couple dozen teachers to cut expenses amid a 10.6 decline in student population over the last six or more years. An initial task force helped the board cut what was a $10 million budget deficit heading into the current fiscal year.
In other re-organization moves Thursday, the board selected Eric Probert as the president of the Career Technical Center board. Elling was selected as vice president.
Tracy Smith was appointed as both the Pennsylvania School Boards Association liasion and the national association representative for KCSD.
Keystone human resource Director Mark Condo was appointed as PSBA employee relations contact for KCSD.
Miller was appointed as the representative to the Central Intermediate Unit No. 10.
All those appointments commenced on Dec. 1 and end at the re-organization meeting in 2019.
Following the re-organization meeting, the board held its regular meeting.
That meeting featured a presentation of the LaRue Hinchcliffe Teacher of the Year Award by the district, in partnership with the nonprofit Keystone Central Foundation.
Katie Bidwell was chosen as this year’s recipient.
Bidwell teaches two adapted physical education classes at Central Mountain High School, along with sports nutrition and regular education physical education classes.
She recently had a baby and was not present at the meeting.
But her husband, George, the Central Mountain High School athletic director, accepted the award on her behalf.
“Unfortunately, Katie couldn’t be here tonight with us … she’s actually at home taking care of our little baby girl, Josie, who was born two months early,” George said.
Bidwell was nominated by fellow teacher Lindsay Kalbach, who has witnessed Bidwell’s dedication first hand through her popular “Golden Sneaker Challenge.”
Bidwell also received high praise from student Morgan Brian.
In her nomination letter, Brian said that through the Golden Sneaker Challenge, Katie “helped me to see just what she does and goes through in order to make the adapted classes feel special.”
The board will meet again for a work session at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2019, at the Central Mountain High School auditorium.