Retired Superintendent Elected to Hancock County Board of Education

By STEVE RAPPACH

For The Intelligencer

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two incumbent candidates and a retired teacher/superintendent were selected by voters Tuesday to fill the three seats up for grabs in the six-way Hancock County Board of Education race.

According to unofficial results from the Hancock County Clerk of Courts, voters selected Danny Kaser, Toni Hinerman and Michelle Chappell to fill the three available seats on the county school board, with the new terms starting July 1.

Kaser had the highest vote total, picking up just under 24 percent of the votes, and said he was pleased to receive the public’s support to return to the school district.

“I’m pleased to have the support of the public, and I thought it was overwhelming support of the public,” said Kaser said.

“I’m relieved that it’s over, and excited to start in July.”

Kaser, who previously taught at Weir High School and the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center and later served as Hancock County Schools Superintendent from 2000 until his retirement in 2007, said that in the 11 years since he’s retired, he’s been able to keep a good relationship with the administration.

He said he looks forward to continuing to work with the board on several goals for the district.

Hinerman, who serves as the school board’s president, won her third term on the board as she finished second with 20.78 percent.

Like Kaser, Hinerman also previously taught at Weir High.

Chappell, who has also served as a co-chairperson for RESA-6 during her first term, will start her second term on July 1 as she finished third in the race with 19.77 percent of the vote.

She narrowly beat out incumbent Larry Shaw for the third seat, as Shaw finished fourth with 19.39 percent.

Shaw, a retired teacher and former head wrestling coach for Oak Glen High School, was seeking his first full term on the school board.

He was appointed back in November to fill the remaining seven months left behind by John Manypenny, who stepped down to handle family matters.

Rounding out the race, Gabby Fighiroae finished fifth (8.33 percent), while Seth Cheuvront finished last (7.78 percent).

For this election, since the school board already has one Clay District representative (Caroll Rosenlieb) and one Butler District representative (Tim Reinard), only one winner could come from the Clay and Butler districts, while only two could come from the Grant District, depending on how the results would fare.

Meanwhile, business owner Tommy Ogden defeated Mark R. Tetrault in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Hancock County Commission seat and will challenge current commissioner Jeff Davis in the November general election.

Ogden, of Chester, picked up about 57.34 percent of the vote, while Tetrault-owner of the New Manchester-based Oak Glen Farm-earned 42.66 percent.

With the victory, Ogden, who is the co-owner of Builders Wholesale, will go up against Democratic incumbent Davis-who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary race-in the general election scheduled for Nov. 6.

Voters also approved the renewal of the county’s Library Excess Levy, which will go into effect next year.

The levy passed 69.32 percent to 30.68 percent. It will continue to help fund the Mary H. Weir Public Library, of Weirton, the Lynn Murray Memorial Public Library, of Chester, and the Swaney Memorial Public Library, of New Cumberland.

With its approval, the levy will continue to fund all three libraries at $200,000 per year for the next four years.

The levy will be effective July 2019, Brooke County officials said.

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