Montrose school board member resigns

BY STACI WILSON

The resignation of a Montrose Area school director has created an open slot on the board.

At the Sept. 9 meeting, board members accepted, with regret, the resignation of Region 2 Director George Gow, effective Aug. 28.

Gow represented Franklin, Liberty and Bridgewater townships and served as the chairman of the district’s Building and Grounds Committee.

After winning both the Republican and Democratic primaries in May, Gow’s name will appear on the ballot in the November general election.
The board is continuing its search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Michael Ognosky announced in August his plan to retire in November.

The board approved a contract for professional services with the Pennsylvania School Board Association which will provide consultation and clerical services to the district in the selection of a new superintendent to fill the position. Cost of the contract to the district is $9.650.

The board also accepted the resignation of Lewis Plauny as the special assistant to the Director of Transportation, effective Sept. 1.

After several months of discussion about the economic development KOZ zones, the board approved a resolution authorizing real estate tax exemptions on three designated parcels.

Rory Newhart was hired as a full-time custodian at the Junior-Senior High School.

Students Brett Shelp and Konstantinos Konstas were employed by the district as part of the school’s cooperative occupational experience program for the 2013-14 school year.

The next meeting of the Montrose Area School Board will be held Monday, Oct. 14 in the Junior-Senior High School Community Learning Center. The board business meeting will begin immediately following a 7 p.m. work session.