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Two Incumbents To Stay on School Board

May 9, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Two incumbents will return to the Hancock County Board of Education following the primary election Tuesday.

Current members Patsy Brancaszio and Jerry Durante received 3,183 and 3,086 votes, respectively, to defeat challenger Michelle Chappell, who captured 2,931 votes.

Brancaszio believes his district's students are performing on par or above par. He said students today learn quickly because of their early use of and familiarity with technology and the Internet.

He noted the board has talked much about how to improve the district's graduation rate.

He believes by offering additional vocational-type classes, more students will be encouraged to stay in school, learn a trade and graduate.

''We tend to forget that not all students are going to college,'' Brancaszio previously said.

Durante believes his district's biggest challenge is keeping up with the pace of changing educational standards. Additional training for teachers and administrators helps in that arena. And for students, Durante said the board just last year started a summer school program to help students improve in subjects in which they were struggling. And by preventing students from becoming discouraged and giving up, the district can improve its graduation rate, he said.

''That's our priority, to keep pace with future needs,'' said Durante, who has served on the board for a total of 18 years.

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