Hempfield Area School Board Directors Blasted for Appointment

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Shortly after Jeff Weber was officially sworn in Monday to succeed the recently resigned Tim Miller on the Hempfield Area School Board, another recent candidate for the post, Tom Mastrorocco, spoke critically of the board's selection process.

"I think the whole process was just a shallow attempt to legitimize something that was already predetermined," Mastrorocco said yesterday at the board's regular monthly meeting. "It was a dog- and-pony show."

At a special meeting last week, Weber submitted his resignation. His term expires in December.

Weber was then reappointed at the same meeting by a 4-3 vote to fill the seat vacated by Miller last month, which expires in 2011, after being nominated for the post by Director Randy Stoner.

Mastrorocco, also nominated for Miller's vacated post by Director Sonya Brajdic, was turned down by a 4-3 board vote.

Mastrorocco had won both party nominations in the April primary but had to withdraw from the race after he discovered the federal Hatch Act bars government employees from running in partisan elections. Mastrorocco works for the Department of the Interior.

Some board members' claimed last week that Mastrorocco was too close to the teachers who campaigned for him in the primary and against Weber. …