Last updated: December 04. 2013 11:39PM - 1743 Views
SUSAN DENNEY Times Leader correspondent



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KINGSTON — Joseph Mazur will again lead the Wyoming Valley West school board in 2014.


Mazur was elected president at the board’s re-organizational meeting Wednesday night. Brian Dubaskas will serve as vice president.


District Judge Paul Roberts swore in Gordon Dussinger, James Fender, Gary Evans and Gary Richards as recently elected members of the board. All four men were incumbents and ran unopposed in the primary and general elections.


The swearing-in almost did not take place. Fender said that certificates from Luzerne County Voter Services were not sent in time for the ceremony.


Richards said he had to go and pick up his certificate from the county offices.


Superintendent Charles Suppon said that when the board’s secretary, Joanne Wood, called the Voter Services office, the person she spoke with seemed unaware that school boards are installed in December and not in January.


The board made the following appointments to boards and committees:


• David Usavage will begin a term of service on the West Side Career and Technology Joint Operating Committee; Fender, Dubaskas and Evans will serve as alternates.


• The Pride and Promise contact for PSBA will be Dubaskas with Evans as alternate. Thomas Pieczynski will serve as PSBA Liaison.


• Fender will represent the board with the Plymouth Public Library, and Dussinger will be the representative to the Hoyt Public Library.


Work has begun on Phase II of the WVW Wellness Center. The board approved a $6,581 contract with G. C. Wall Inc. for general construction at the center.


The board also awarded a $5,000 contract to West Side Window Cleaning Co. Inc. to remove and replace the brick floor finish in the lobby entrances to the high school gymnasium.


After the meeting, Suppon explained the anxiety of not having the certificates for the elected board members. He said the meeting was almost canceled.


The Voter Services office had volunteered to send over faxes of the certificates, but Solicitor Michael Hudacek said he could not file a copy of those with the Prothonotary’s Office.


After the meeting, Mazur explained his goals for his term as president.


“My ambition is to get the school district moving forward,” he said. “Our student body makes me proud.”

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