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Lindner defeats Hellrung for Vice President; new board members sworn in

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The newly sworn-in Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education poses for its first official portrait, Monday. New board president Victor Dupuis sits between new Vice president Gregg Lindner (left) and Superintendent of Schools John Sanville. Back row from left, Michael Rock, Carolyn Daniels, Jeff Hellrung, Kathleen Do, Steven Simonson, Keith Knauss and Eileen Bushelow.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times
EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education swore in five newly-elected members and elected a new board president — Victor Dupuis — during its reorganization meeting, Monday night.

Returnees Keith Knauss and Jeff Hellrung, were joined by newly-elected Carolyn Daniels, Steven Simonson and Michael Rock in taking the oath of office. Dupuis, who served as vice president of the board for the last year, was quickly elected as new president. Eileen Bushelow, who served as president the last two years, announced that she would not seek another term last month.

The only drama — such as it was — was in the election of a new board Vice President. Gregg Lindner was nominated by Bushelow, while Hellrung was nominated by Knauss.

Lindner won six votes: Bushelow, Do, Dupuis, Lindner, Rock and Simonson. Hellrung was supported by himself, Knauss and Daniels.

Hellrung was elected to serve as the district’s representative to the Chester County School Authority through January  2017.

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Five members of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education took the oath office Monday night. From left: Michael Rock, Jeff Hellrung, Carolyn Daniels, Steven Simonson, and Keith Knauss take the oath.

The board also voted to designate The Daily Local News — the lone local print media outlet that did not cover Monday night’s meeting — as its official legal advertisement publisher. Board members expressed hope that the state legislature would allow for the publishing of such notices with digital publishers — or on the district’s own Web site in coming years.

Beyond the hiring of a special education teacher for Patton Middle School, the board took no other action and — after posing for a new group picture — adjourned the public session to conduct an executive session on personnel matters.

The new board will take up its serious work in January, with a work session Jan. 14, and a regular board meeting on Jan. 21 at Patton Middle School.

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