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Vacant seat filled on Carlynton School Board

Appointed Carlynton School Board member Jude Frank (right) after taking the oath of office from Magisterial District Judge Jack Kobistek.

Jude Frank of Rosslyn Farms has been appointed to fill the vacant Carlynton School Board seat during a special meeting Aug. 28.

The new director has lived in the district since July 2017, moving to the area from Oklahoma City with his wife, Ruth, and their four children, ages 1 to 8.

“Ruth and I are strong believers in the public school system,” said Frank, who learned about the vacant seat from a neighbor.

Seeking a seat on the board was “the right thing to do,” he said, especially with young children in the school district and a willingness to serve.

While he has not held an elected position, the call to serve is nothing new to Frank who has a military background in Army Intelligence.

Frank works as a developer for Williams, an energy infrastructure company headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., with one of its major offices in Pittsburgh.

The board interviewed three candidates earlier in August.

“It’s difficult to find citizens who are willing to volunteer to do this,” Board Vice President Joe Appel said. “But I felt better after the last meeting because we had three very good (candidates).”

“We had three very capable, very talented candidates who expressed an interest,” board President Jim Schriver said before a motion was made to appoint a candidate. “We would be fortunate to have any one of the three on our board, but unfortunately there is only one open seat.”

Schriver said all three candidates were fantastic but Frank’s personal experiences stood out for him.

Board member Christine Simcic made the motion to appoint Frank, with all board members giving their approval. Directors Kelly Zaletski and George Honchar were not able to attend the special meeting.

The vacant seat was previously held by Caleb Richardson, who resigned because he was planning to move out of the district.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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