by justin strawser

COAL TOWNSHIP - The Line Mountain School Board reorganized Wednesday night at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, but they will be returning in 2013 one board member less.

The school board unanimously accepted the resignation of Director Denise Clouser, who represented Region III (Zerbe and West Cameron townships).

Superintendent Dave Campbell explained that Clouser was leaving the board because she is recovering from health issues and has conflicts in her work schedule.

Director Lawrence Neidig made the motion to accept her resignation "with thanks and regrets." Director Dennis Erdman seconded the motion, and it passed 8-0.

Campbell explained that the board can appoint someone who applies for the position, and that person will serve the remainder of her term until the end of 2013. If that person plans to remain on the board for the four-year term, he or she must run for re-election in the 2013 primary election.

During the reorganization meeting, the officers remained the same with Troy Laudenslager president and Erdman vice president.

Director David Scott Bartholomew nominated both Laudenslager and Erdman, and their appointments were passed unanimously.

In other business, the board accepted:

- A donation in the amount of $1,609.13 from the Walmart Foundation representing a safe driving program. Walmart employee Richard Witmer recommended the district as the recipient.

- An increase in the district mileage reimbursement rate from $.555 to $.565 per mile effective Jan. 1, 2013.