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Kevin Nigh Resigns as Pine-Richland School Board Director

Nigh is the third school board director to resign in less than two years.

resigned Monday night from the Pine-Richland School Board, becoming the third director to resign in less than two years.

School Board President Stephen Hawbaker announced the resignation at the end of Monday night's meeting.

"Kevin could not make it this evening," Hawbaker said after he read Nigh's brief resignation letter aloud. Hawbaker said he knew the decision was very difficult for Nigh and was made with a lot of regret.

"I thank him for his intellect and everything he did for the board," Hawbaker said.

Nigh follows . Prior to that citing demands on his time and energy.

The board has 30 days to choose a replacement and already set 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 as the date to interview applicants for the Region 1 seat.

Region 1 is in Pine Township—Voting Districts 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Nigh was elected to a second term in November 2011 after running unopposed. He cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican ballots.

Nigh is the senior vice president of engineering at Certes Networks.

To find his replacement, the board will use the same procedures it used to replace Herko, according to Hawbaker.

"We've gotten pretty good at replacing board members," he said.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact board secretary Tara Bennett at tbennett@pinerichland.org or call 724-625-7773 ext. 6100.

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Susan M. August 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Wonder why they are dropping like flies? Anyone know the scoop?
Fred Freitag August 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I wish he had resigned 2 weeks ago - or before the vote on retention of Jodi being rehired as the soccer coach was held.
Cindy Cusic Micco August 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
What are you talking about?
Alan August 29, 2012 at 01:52 AM
This is indeed a shame! This gentlemen was truly an advocate for our children. The way we are losing board members speaks to the direction of the school district. Rest assure whoever fills this void will be a puppet for our Superintendent. I wonder if the Patch will censor this?
Alan August 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Mr. Hawbaker - "We've gotten pretty good at replacing board members"??? I certainly hope this is not something that you are proud of
Parent #2 August 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Well that stinks- why did he go through the reelection last year if he is resigning now? Maybe something came up. But with this- I presume the board can just appoint someone who the taxpayers did not elect - which means an unelected person will serve through 2015, which was the end of Nigh's term. Someone correct me if I am wrong here.
Parent #2 August 29, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I get it if it is a short term vacancy but will the appointee fill the spot through 2015?
Cindy Cusic Micco August 29, 2012 at 02:26 AM
FYI: This was said in reference to the fact that the school board has a process in place to replace a director because the board recently replaced Director Rich Herko with Katie Shogan. When Mr. Herko and Mr. Stedeford announced their resignations, Mr. Hawbaker expressed concern at the board meetings about how to get the job done efficiently in a short 30-day window. The board has just 30 days to solicit and review applications, interview applicants and vote for the new school board director.
Cindy Cusic Micco August 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Alan, I'm not sure what you are basing your comments on, but I do hope you attend the Sept. 20 meeting when the applicants are interviewed and a new director is chosen. It's actually a very interesting process. Each applicant talks about his/her qualifications and answers questions from board members. Sometimes the most enlightening part of the evening is when the applicants ask the sitting board members questions like: If you had it to do over, would you still run for office? It has triggered some interesting philosophical conversations. Though this process is open to the public, very few people show up for it. Hope to see you there! cindy
tired of nonsense August 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Could these resignations have anything to do with the Eden hall and high school projects.certain aspects of those two jobs were perculiar to put it mildly.
Susan M. August 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
What do you mean by that-tired of nonsense? You can't just type something like that and not give info to back it up.
another PR mom August 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
yeah nonsense-would love to know about this too. Esp the EH project that you speak of.
Doug Ellisen August 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Yes, Yes! Tell Us, Tell Us! We shall gather our pitchforks and torches and all meet at midnight! Hahahahaha....you guys crack me up.

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