Hopewell Township Mayor Kristin McLaughlin swears in Bill Herbert, Jessica Grillo, and John Mason

At its reorganization meeting Monday night, the HVRSD Board of Education swore in recently elected members Bill Herbert and John Mason, representing Hopewell Township and Jessica Grillo, representing Hopewell Borough. Pennington Borough had no seats up for election in 2019.

The group then voted on its president and vice president for the coming year. Deborah Linthorst (Hopewell Township), who is just starting her second year on the Board, was elected president. She replaces Alyce Murray (Hopewell Township), who served as president for the past two years. Adam Sawicki (Hopewell Township), who has been a member of the BOE since 2011, was re-elected for his second year as BOE vice-president.

HVRSD business administrator Robert Colavita, BOE President Deborah Linthorst, HVRSD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Smith, BOE Vice President Adam Sawicki

After the meeting, Linthorst said, “I am honored to represent this Board and look forward to working with my fellow members in the year to come. This is an accomplished group that brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the table, and is equipped to handle potential challenges with skill and with a sense of thoughtfulness. Working together, and with the administration, staff and our partners in the community, I am confident that we will identify and capitalize on opportunities to enrich the lives of the students in this district.

The other returning members of the Board are: Sarah Tracy (Hopewell Township), Deborah O’Reilly (Hopewell Township), and Jenny Long (Pennington Borough).

Although subject to change, the tentative Board Committee positions for 2020 are as follows:

Standing Committees (with HVRSD
adminstrative liaison)
Education/Program (Treece)O’Reilly (Chair), Murray, Long, Grillo
Finance & Facilities (Colavita)Sawicki (Chair), O’Reilly, Herbert
Personnel (Suozzo)Murray (Chair),Tracy, Grillo
Policy (Colavita)Linthorst (Chair), Tracy, Herbert, Mason
Community Relations (Smith)Long (Chair),Sawicki, Mason
Advisory CommitteesRepresentatives
Alternate ResourcesAs needed
NegotiationsMurray (Chair), Herbert, Tracy, Linthorst – Alternate
Later School Start TimeMurray
Wellness & Food ServiceMurray
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Amie Rukenstein
Amie Rukenstein is a very curious and enthusiastic resident of Hopewell Township who can never let a question go unanswered. Amie lives in Titusville with her husband, Ron, and numerous pets. She vastly enjoys frequent visits from her college-age children and their friends. In most aspects of her life, including with her new role at MercerMe, Amie is an organizer. With a full-time job and as a member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. She does, however, leave the computer as often as possible to hike in Washington Crossing Park. Amie and Ron recently purchased what appears to be the oldest structure in Titusville. Known as The Titus Store at the corner of Church and River Drive and abandoned for 20 years, they look forward to restoring the building to its former glory.

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