Scanlan appointed to school board |

Scanlan appointed to school board


Summit Daily/Jim Pokrandt Christine Scanlan was sworn in Thursday night as a Summit School Board member.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit School Board is complete again.

Board members unanimously appointed Christine Scanlan to join their ranks Wednesday night, filling a vacancy created a month ago when former board president Marshall Denkinger resigned.

Scanlan, the Keystone Center’s senior vice president, will serve the remaining 19 months of Denkinger’s term.

“I am really grateful,” Scanlan said. “The group was pretty outstanding. I’m overwhelmed.”

Scanlan competed against a pool of nine other applicants. Over the past two nights, the board conducted a succession of votes to narrow the field to two candidates: Scanlan and Dick McAllister.

In a final vote by ballot, Scanlan received four votes out of a possible six before her unanimous appointment.

Recommended Stories For You

“I would like to compliment all the candidates that came out,” said board member Garrett Sullivan. “They all represent deep experience in business and in the community. Unfortunately, we can’t appoint more than one tonight.”

“They made an excellent choice,” said fellow candidate Boyd Mitchell, who was one of five finalists.

Scanlan serves as the chief operating officer of the Keystone Center, a nonprofit that provides expertise and mediation on environmental issues. Scanlan has worked in the nonprofit world for more than a dozen years.

“I think I can add something to this board,” she said during her interview before the board Tuesday night. “I can bring a different dynamic you don’t have on the team right now.”

Part of the Keystone Center’s mission involves working with educators on teaching about science and the environment.

“I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with educational leaders in this country,” Scanlan said. “When you interact with these folks, you can see the longer-term, bigger picture – a visionary piece as to what is shaping the next generation.”

School board rescinds two resignations, accepts another

SUMMIT COUNTY – The clock had barely struck 11 Wednesday night when the Summit School Board emerged from a three-hour-long executive session discussing heated personnel issues.

When they then took their seats at the dais, they rescinded the resignations of Summit Middle School principal Iva Katz-Hesse and Summit High School assistant principal Jim Hesse.

The dwindling but dedicated crowd could have called that move.

What they didn’t expect, however, was the board’s acceptance of the resignation of SHS principal Frank Mencin.

“Everybody just turned and looked at him,” said parent and former board member Nancy Woods, who stayed for the votes.

According to Woods, the board accepted the resignation and then hired Mencin to continue for 110 days of the 2004-2005 school year.

Hesse and Katz-Hesse resigned in February during the term of former superintendent Lynn Spampinato, whose contract the board terminated a month ago.

At the time of their resignations, neither Hesse nor Katz-Hesse provided specifics on their reasons for wanting to leave.

The couple submitted letters of rescission shortly after Spampinato’s termination.

The board voted unanimously to accept Hesse’s rescission and Mencin’s resignation. Katz-Hesse’s rescission received a 6-1 vote, with board member Stuart Adams the lone nay vote.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 x203 or