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Abington Heights Board President Stepping Down After State Rules Change

September 17, 2018

The president of the Abington Heights School District board of directors is stepping down because new conduct rules for state judicial system employees prohibit her from holding an elected office. Cathy Ann Hardaway has been president for 13 of the 17 years she’s sat on the board. Her current term expires in 2019. The board will accept her resignation at Wednesday’s meeting and has 30 days from then to appoint her replacement. Hardaway took a job as director of the Lackawanna County Domestic Relations Department in 2016. County judges knew about her board seat when they hired her and allowed her to finish out her term, she said. However, employee conduct code revisions effective Monday from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts prohibit her from finishing it, she said. “It was not by choice,” she said. “I am very sad … to tell you the truth.” School district officials posted an alert on the district website asking candidates to apply. They hope to select from a large pool of candidates. Eligible candidates must live inside Region 2, which includes Newton and Ransom townships, South Abington Twp. District 2 and Clarks Summit District 2 and 4. A qualified candidate must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and of good moral character, the posting says. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Interviews will be held at a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 11. Candidates must send a resume and letter of interest to Abington Heights School District, Michele Tierney, Board Secretary, 200 E. Grove St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or by email to tierneym@ahsd.org. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9131; @jon_oc on Twitter

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