Hampton school board members recognized for service

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 12:38 PM

With a combined 30-plus years of service, Mary Alice Hennessey, Larry Vasko and Pam Lamagna all served at their last Hampton Township board meeting on Nov. 11, where they were recognized.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead thanked the school board members and presented each with a gift. He noted the countless hours each served over the years in various roles.

“Being on the school board is a challenging role and an important role,” said Loughead. “They are the key to quality public education.”

Serving on the school board is a volunteer position and one must be elected to serve on it. Terms run four years.

Hennessey and Lamagna have been serving the board since 2007 and Vasko since 2001. All served in various positions on the board, committees and advisory boards, per discussion at the school board meeting.

Vasko has also been serving as Hampton’s representative on the A.W. Beattie Career Center board, most recently as a vice president there.

They each thanked fellow board members, administration, staff, families and students.

“I’m so proud of what we all accomplished together,” said Hennessey, who was most recently adviser to student affairs. She noted they performed their duties without being guided by any political or personal agenda.

Lamagna added, “It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve the district and community. I’ve witnessed endless accomplishments over the 12 years — too many to list.”

Vasko, who chaired the finance committee for the district, said he enjoyed attending the different events at the schools and working with the students.

He addressed incoming board members.

“Hopefully, you’ll keep our motto to do what’s best for our children,” said Vasko.

Wesley, who serves as president to the board, also recognized the leaving members’ accomplishments.

“These are the finest people you’d ever want to serve on the board with,” said Wesley.

Five seats to the school board were open. Incumbents Bryant Wesley II and Robert Shages ran again and won their seats for another term. Newcomers fill the remaining three including: Joy Midgley, Matthew Jarrell and Trisha Webb. Vote counts were Midgley at 3,203 votes, Wesley at 3,141, Shages at 3,075, Jarrell at 3,059 and Webb at 2,264. Vasko ran again and fell short by just a few votes at 2,259. Vote tallies are according to the Allegheny County Unofficial Election final results posted on Nov. 6.

In related news, Hampton Township also adds two new members to council. Republicans Martha Hunkele with 2,270 votes, Joe Dougherty with 2,117 votes won the two open seats on the Hampton Township Council. Also, running were Nicholas Haberman at 2,067 votes and John Mills at 1,882 votes, according to the county unofficial election final results.